Navigation Links
Medicare Cuts to Physicians Will Harm Washington Seniors
Date:9/18/2007

AMA Makes 'House Call' to Washington, Discusses New National Physician

Survey

SEATTLE, Sept. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Medical Association (AMA) National House Call campaign visits Washington today to draw attention to an imminent access to care problem for Washington's more than 760,000 Medicare patients. Medicare plans to slash physician payments 10 percent on January 1, 2008, and physicians are deeply concerned about the cut's impact on seniors' access to needed health care.

"Washington seniors depend on Medicare for their health care coverage, and they will be hurt by Medicare cuts to physicians," said AMA Immediate Past President William G. Plested III, MD. "According to the AMA's recent physician survey, 60 percent of physicians say they will be forced to limit the number of new Medicare patients they treat when the government cuts payment rates 10 percent next year."

Congressional action is the only way to stop the Medicare cuts and preserve seniors' access to physician care. The AMA and the Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) are urging patients to contact Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell and ask them to stop the Medicare physician payment cuts and provide physicians with a payment update in line with increases in the costs of caring for patients.

"Physicians want to care for seniors, but drastic Medicare cuts will force physicians to make difficult practice changes," said Dr. Plested. "Payments have not kept pace with the costs of practicing medicine for the past six years. Washington state physicians will lose $240 million for the care of elderly and disabled patients over the next two years due to 15 percent cuts in Medicare payments over 2008 and 2009. The House of Representatives has passed legislation that would replace the cuts with payments that help keep up with the cost of providing care, but the Senate still needs to act."

"Seniors in Washington cannot afford to lose their doctors," said W. Hugh Maloney, MD, President of the Washington State Medical Association. "About 45 percent of Washington's practicing physicians are over 50 -- an age at which surveys have shown many physicians consider reducing their patient care activities. Cuts in Medicare payments that make it difficult for physicians to meet their practice costs could be the deciding factor for many to cut back or retire."

"These first cuts are just the tip of the iceberg," said Dr. Plested. "The government plans to cut Medicare payments to physicians about 40 percent over the next nine years, while practice costs increase 20 percent. During that time, Washington state stands to lose almost $4 billion for medical care for Medicare patients. If that happens, 77 percent of physicians say they will be forced to limit the number of new Medicare patients they can treat."

"We are deeply concerned about patients' access to care in our state. Clearly, the Medicare access problem will become more severe as physicians find it increasingly difficult to subsidize this portion of their practice. Already in numerous counties across Washington state patients on Medicare are having trouble finding a physician who will see them," said Dr. Maloney. "Baby Boomers will begin aging into Medicare in just three years. Medicare cuts increase the likelihood that there won't be enough doctors to care for the huge influx of new Medicare patients," Dr. Plested said.

"Congress needs to act to preserve seniors' access to care and put Medicare on a firm foundation for the future. They must keep their promise to America's seniors," said Dr. Plested.


'/>"/>
SOURCE American Medical Association
Copyright©2007 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Medicare Drug Deadline not to be extended
2. House heads for Medicare drug vote
3. New Medicare Plan - Mixed Reaction among Pharmacists.
4. Medicare Data would help in Drug Validation
5. Medicare Queries Expected To Increase Over Time
6. Medicare to cover services provided by rural health care personnels.
7. Cancer test expenses taken up by Medicare
8. Nurse Practitioners Are Not Recognized By Medicare
9. Medicare Drug Plan Is Not Working in The US
10. Blue Cross Signs Up 110,000 Minnesotans For Part D Medicare Plans
11. Rising Medicare costs
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... 25, 2016 , ... The temporary closing of Bruton Memorial Library on June 21 due to ... a new, often overlooked aspect of head lice: the parasite’s ability to live away from ... common occurrence, but a necessary one in the event that lice have simply gotten out ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... Lewisville, TX (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2016 , ... ... in the United States, named Dr. Sesan Ogunleye, as the Medical Director of its ... be the facility Medical Director of our new Mesquite location,” said Dr. James M. ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... Oklahoma (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2016 , ... ... both athletes and non-athletes recover from injury. Recently, he has implemented orthobiologic procedures ... Oklahoma City area —Johnson is one of the first doctors to perform the ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... Conventional wisdom preaches the ... In terms of the latter, setting the bar too high can result in disappointment, ... just slow progress toward their goal. , Research from PsychTests.com reveals ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Those who have experienced traumatic ... many turn to unhealthy avenues, such as drug or alcohol abuse, as a coping ... released tools for healthy coping following a traumatic event. , Trauma sufferers tend to ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... INDIANAPOLIS , June 23, 2016 Roche ... received 510(k) clearance for its Elecsys BRAHMS PCT (procalcitonin) ... severe sepsis or septic shock. With this clearance, Roche ... provide a fully integrated solution for sepsis risk assessment ... associated with bacterial infection and PCT levels in blood ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 ... CAPR ), a biotechnology company focused on ... today announced that patient enrollment in its ongoing ... Duchenne) has exceeded 50% of its 24-patient target. ... in the third quarter of 2016, and to ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 Bracket , a ... its next generation clinical outcomes platform, Bracket eCOA (SM) ... on June 26 – 30, 2016 in Philadelphia ... electronic Clinical Outcome Assessment product of its kind to fully ... Bracket eCOA 6.0 is a flexible platform for ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: