The big issue of late has been the payment updates over a period of years to stabilize Medicare, and the Ways and Means Committee announcement is that they are going to propose a three-year stabilization period with payment updates, which is very good and supportive of where the AMA and physician leadership have been.
HLM: What should individual AMA members and other physicians do to help?
ADH: They need to stay tuned. They need to watch our website and our information which is going to be rapidly rolling out to them about what is happening, what the plan is, what the process is, and what they need to be doing about it. Until we see the final language… they need to stay informed.
When we say it's time to encourage calling they need to do it. If they already have a strong relationship with their members of Congress they should be on the phone or electronically talking to them about the need to repeal SGR permanently and to advocate for the changes we are recommending to Congress.