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Congress' 'disarray' makes it 'likely' that 27 percent Medicare cut will go in effect
Date:12/19/2011

ey can't stay open for business as usual if Medicare doesn't cover their practice costs. Physicians will have to make very difficultand painfulchoices such as closing their practices, laying off staff, or limiting how many patients they can see, choices that will be foisted upon them by Congress' irresponsibility."

ACP reiterated its call for Congress to enact legislation to prevent the January 1 cut, but also explained that ACP cannot get behind another short-tem patch that leaves the underlying SGR formula in effect.

"Instead of replaying the tired old script of arguing over whether the cut should be delayed for two months or two years, or something in between, Congress must do the right thing and enact a permanent solution," Dr. Hood continued. "At Congress' request, ACP and other physician organizations have put forward concrete proposals to eliminate the SGR, stabilize payments, support the value of primary care, and transition to new patient-centered care and delivery models, and ACP even gave Congress proposals to help pay for it. When will Congress do its part and join with us to develop a bipartisan plan to end the recurring SGR nightmare?"


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Contact: Jacquelyn Blaser
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202-261-4572
American College of Physicians
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