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December 12, 2012
WASHINGTON - Physician leaders from the
American Medical Association (AMA), American Academy of Family Physicians
American College of Physicians (ACP), American
College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Osteopathic Association
(AOA) will visit Capitol Hill tomorrow to deliver a
strong message on the future of the Medicare system. They will tell
Congress to stop the cut of nearly 27 percent scheduled to hit
physicians who care for Medicare patients on January 1. The
physicians will also call on Congress to put in place a transition
to a higher performing Medicare program, beginning with the
permanent repeal of the failed sustainable growth rate (SGR)
formula that continues to obstruct progress.
The five groups are among more than 100 state and specialty
medical societies that recently sent a letter to Congress outlining the principles and
core elements needed to successfully transition to a high
performing Medicare program in conjunction with the repeal of the
flawed Medicare physician payment formula. The path outlined in the
letter allows physicians caring for Medicare patients to lead care
delivery innovations that increase quality and lower costs.
Physician leaders visiting Capitol Hill
AMA: Ardis D. Hoven, M.D., President-Elect
AAFP: Glen Stream, M.D., Board Chair
ACP: Chuck Cutler, M.D., Chair-Elect, Board of Regents
ACS: Andrew Warshaw, M.D., Health Policy and Advocacy Group
AOA: Ray Stowers, D.O., President
"Our message to Congress is clear - we are ready to work with
you to move toward a stable Medicare program that promotes quality
innovations for patients, provides a rewarding work environment for
physicians and reduces costs for taxpayers," said AMA
President-elect Ardis D. Hoven, M.D. "The first step is
stopping the cut of nearly 27 percent that will hit physicians who
care for Medicare patients on January 1, and then put in place a
plan to repeal the SGR and end the ongoing threat of crippling cuts
that undermine physicians' ability to plan and innovate."
"Ultimately, it is our country's families and seniors who will
pay the price for Congressional inaction," said Glen
Stream, MD, chair of the AAFP Board of Directors. "This
annual, unrelenting threat is increasingly destabilizing the
Medicare system for patients whose doctors - especially primary
care doctors - work in small- and medium-sized practices, often in
underserved areas and with small or no operating margins. We need
to end the uncertainty that undermines patients' confidence in
Medicare and disrupts physicians' ability to provide ongoing
"It is critical that, before Congress adjourns, action must be
taken to avert cuts in the SGR," said Charles Cutler, MD,
FACP, chair-elect of the ACP Board of Regents. "Even more
important for the future of health care is a commitment by Congress
to eliminate the SGR and provide a transitional framework for a
better-performing Medicare program. We seek Congress's commitment
to provide a clear directive to incorporate such a framework in the
economic stabilization package that Congress is expected to develop
"The American College of Surgeons stands ready to lead the
design and implementation of a new, more sustainable system that
improves quality and safety, operates efficiently, better
coordinates care and appropriately pays physicians for the care
provided to their patients," said Andrew Warshaw, MD, FACS,
chair, ACS Health Policy and Advocacy Group.
"Over the past decade Congress has been unable to enact
long-term Medicare physician payment reform. There is bipartisan
agreement that our nation can no longer afford to simply 'kick this
can down the road,' " said Ray Stowers, DO, president of
the American Osteopathic Association. "As physicians we
are committed to providing quality care to our patients, innovating
health care delivery and embracing new technologies - yet the lack
of predictability and stability under the current payment structure
hinders our ability to fully do so."
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