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ACP says Medicare cuts will hurt physicians in small practices
Date:5/8/2008

survivable. Just like any small business, our revenue has to exceed costs in order to survive. Despite everything that I have been able to do to cut costs, the margin of profit is now thin, and the proposed greater than 10 percent cut will put us out of business. The only option will be to downsize the practice and stop seeing all Medicare patients. I would hate this, but it will be the only option I have if Congress does not reverse the proposed cuts.

ACP is asking Congress to avert the immediate SGR cut, but also go a step beyond. The College is asking Congress to set a timeline for completely eliminating the use of the SGR formula. ACP also wants Congress to direct Medicare, as part of replacing the SGR formula, to change payment policies to support patient-centered, physician-guided care management based on the patient-centered medical home model of care.

Medicare patients deserve the best possible care, concluded Dr. Dale. They also deserve a physician payment system that will help physicians deliver the best care possible, his testimony said.


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Contact: David Kinsman
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American College of Physicians
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