A One-Year Fix
Last week Congress passed a one-month extension to the current Medicare physician payment rate. The measure temporarily postponed a 23 percent reduction in Medicare payments to physicians. Now, leaders in the House and Senate are negotiating a year-long extension of the payment rate. A 12-month extension will give the physician community and Congress time to work together in establishing a three- to five-year SGR patch that hopefully will include a positive differential payment for primary care physicians.
Email your Senators and Representative today. Ask them to pass legislation that extends the current Medicare payment rate through the end of 2011, as the first step toward replacing a disruptive and outmoded formula.
Thank you for all your hard work thus far. Even if you’ve sent a letter before, it’s important to do so once again. Congress needs to hear support from family physicians for a 12-month extension.