Congress Urged to Fix Medicare Reimbursement by Year's End

December 7, 2007

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Earlier this year the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to prevent a 10.1-percent cut in Medicare physician reimbursement from going into effect January 1, 2008. The House bill provides a temporary, two-year fix of Medicare physician payments with positive 0.5 percent increases. These positive updates would be funded by cuts in overpayment to Medicare Advantage plans.

The Senate has been unable to agree on similar legislation, increasing the risk that these double-digit reimbursement cuts will take place.

The Academy is calling upon members to contact Congress today. Please email your members of Congress and ask them to take concrete steps to pass legislation now to replace pending Medicare physician payment cuts with positive updates that reflect increases in medical practice costs.

For more information on these and other federal legislative issues, contact Mike Amery at mamery@aan.com.