For the fourth time this year, Congress again faces having to prevent another cut in Medicare physician pay, which is scheduled to take place on June 1, 2010.
One proposal under consideration is HR. 4213, The American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act of 2010. This proposal would provide reasonable updates in physician payment rates for the rest of this year and next year. For 2012 and 2013, rates would continue to increase if spending growth on physician services is within reasonable limits, with an extra allowance for primary and preventive care. Rates could not be reduced in 2012 or 2013, but after that rates would return to their current law levels. At this time physicians would again face substantial cuts that would be extremely costly to fix.
For too long physicians and patients have been held hostage by the on-going threat of Medicare cuts. Log on to Vocus to tell Congress that anything less than a permanent solution is unacceptable!
For more information, contact Tim Miller, Health Policy Analyst at firstname.lastname@example.org.