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Friday Nov 22, 2013

AAFP Takes SGR Message to Capitol Hill

After spending a week at the AMA Interim Meeting in National Harbor, Md., AAFP leaders met with members of Congress and congressional staff Nov. 19-20 in Washington to discuss the repeal and replacement of the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula and other issues of importance to family medicine. AAFP President Reid Blackwelder, M.D., offers an update on the Academy's advocacy efforts in the video below.


Reid Blackwelder, M.D., is President of the AAFP.


With the decades long history of temporary fixes to SGR, and now the three month delay in the sequestration cut, it is my opinion that organized medicine should consider extremely carefully the practice of sending bribes to Congress under the guise of lobbying, simply for the privilege of not being forced into bankruptcy. Personal lobbying in various forms certainly should continue, but Congress will not choose to change anything if the rain of money simply continues. Call their bluff; the hue and cry from their constituents, especially in a critical congressional election year, may make all of the difference.

Posted by Patrick Coleman MD on January 03, 2014 at 01:07 PM CST #

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