The NCMS urges physicians, to share their concerns with members of the North Carolina Congressional Delegation. Click here to find contact information for your Representatives and Senators and ask what steps they plan to take to end the ongoing SGR fiasco.
Medicare Physician Payment Cut Still in Place for January 1
Congressional leaders from both parties have publicly stated that they are committed to take action before the end of year to avert the scheduled 27 percent cut in Medicare physician payments. However, it’s not clear what action Congress might take as it returns from a Thanksgiving recess. The AMA reports that options for relief from the sustainable growth rate (SGR) range from short-term patches of a year or two to longer-term relief that provides for transition to a new Medicare physician payment system. A bid for a permanent repeal of the SGR was derailed when the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction announced last month that it had failed to reach agreement on a deficit reduction proposal.
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