Contact Congress Regarding Medicare Physician Payment Issues

April 6, 2009

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For the first time, the President's budget for Fiscal Year 2010, assumes that Congress will fix the formula calling for a 21 percent reduction in physician reimbursement under Medicare. Even though the annual cuts are generally prevented by Congressional action, keeping this assumption in the FY 2010 budget is a significant safeguard for physicians. The House version of the FY 2010 Congressional Budget Resolution contains provisions that would replace the fatally flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula with a new incentive-based Medicare physician payment system. This provision is in line with the "rebasing" proposal included in the President's FY 2010 Budget.

The AAN Professional Association supports this measure as an opportunity to eliminate SGR altogether and reset the baseline. The scheduled 21 percent cut by the SGR formula on January 1, 2010 is to be followed by total cuts of 40 percent in the coming years. Now is the time to act to stop this cycle. Permanent relief is needed now!

Please take a minute to contact your members of Congress to ask them to support the House Budget Resolution, which will pave the way for permanent Medicare physician payment reform.

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