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Georgia Senators Urged to Stop Medicare Cut Before March 1 Deadline
Date:2/16/2010

immediate, permanent action to repeal the broken Medicare physician payment formula before time runs out."

This year's 21 percent Medicare cut will hurt Georgia seniors and military families particularly hard as Georgia recently landed on the AMA's "Patients Access Hot Spots" list, which highlights areas where patients already face problems getting physician care.  Forty percent of Georgia's practicing physicians are over age 50, an age at which surveys show that many physicians consider reducing their patient care activities.  

The AMA, American College of Physicians, American College of Surgeons – along with AARP and the Military Officers Association of America – are calling on Congress to repeal the flawed payment formula that causes annual cuts and replace it with one that better reflects the increasing costs of patient care.  Fixing the formula once and for all will allow physicians to care for seniors and military families into the future.

Seven times in seven years, Congress has stepped in at the last minute to stop the annual cut before patients bear the brunt of the cut with reduced access and choice of physician.  Military families are at risk because TRICARE ties its payment rates to Medicare.

"Congress must stop kicking the can down the road with short-term fixes that increase the size of the cuts and the cost of reform," said Dr. Rohack.  "There's a real opportunity for leadership here – Senators Chambliss and Isakson can help inject security and stability into Medicare so that physicians can continue to care for seniors and military families. Now is the time to solve the problem, before the baby boomers begin reaching age 65 next year and start counting on Medicare."

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