American Academy of Family Physicians
Monday Dec 06, 2010

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.

Comments:

Please take time to review this survey: http://www.modernmedicine.com/modernmedicine/data/articlestandard/modernmedicine/492010/697821/mhafoundationwhitepaperfinal.pdf?cid=mha_bottom This is what I have been asking for. Again, why the AAFP has supported Obamacare is beyond me. They obviously failed to represent the majority opinion of its members. We need new leaders.

Posted by Eric Floyd, MD on December 06, 2010 at 01:16 PM CST #

http://www.modernmedicine.com/modernmedicine/data/articlestandard/modernmedicine/492010/697821/mhafoundationwhitepaperfinal.pdf?cid=mha_bottom

Posted by Eric Floyd, MD on December 06, 2010 at 01:16 PM CST #

Dr Floyd Thanks for the link listed above. It makes interesting reading. In addition to the mentioned forces which will lead to a significant decline in small independent practices I see the implementation of ICD-10 as being another enormous expensive regulatory burden many of us will be unable to bear. I am interested in what our academy is doing to address this issue. I believe few of us in solo practice will be able to afford the transition scheduled to take place in 2013.

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