House Vote Delays SGR Cuts
"The oldest baby boomers will ring in the New Year as the first of their generation to turn 65 and will begin relying on Medicare. Congress is responsible for ensuring that the baby boomers can see a doctor through Medicare by enacting long-term reform next year of the broken Medicare physician payment system," he said.
"The AMA urges Congress to build on the bipartisan action that delayed this year's cut and act in December to stop the cut for one year so that Congress has time to work on a long-term solution."
"This bill is a stopgap measure to make sure that seniors and military families can continue to see their doctors during December while we work on the solution for the next year," said Rep. Frank Pallone, R-N.J., chairman of the Energy and Commerce health subcommittee was quoted in a story from ABC News.
The American Hospital Association called the move by Congress "a good first step." And The American College of Physicians released a video featuring physicians, in their own words, urging Congress to make the doc fix.
With no action by Jan. 1, payment for physicians who treat patients under Medicare and TRICARE will be reduced 23% plus another 1.9% for a total of nearly 25%.
Cheryl Clark is senior quality editor and California correspondent for HealthLeaders Media. She is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.
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