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21.2 Percent Medicare Cut Averted
Senate Acts to Reverse Deep Reductions in Physician Payments
"We are pleased that our patients and members will not have to endure the effects of a 21.2 percent reduction in Medicare payment," said AAFP President Lori Heim, M.D., of Vass, N.C., in an interview with AAFP News Now.
Heim said, however, it is "unconscionable" that the Senate was unable to pass a payment update before the Medicare cut actually went into effect on March 1.
The enactment of H.R. 4691 means that Congress will have time to work on a longer-term solution to the Medicare payment cuts for 2010 called for by the SGR. The Senate is working on a bill that would extend the current Medicare payment rate until Oct. 1.
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AAFP members have vigorously lodged their objections to the cuts with their congressional representatives. A recent Action Alert from the Academy resulted in members sending more than 2,200 messages to Congress in only two and one-half days. Since Feb. 1, AAFP members have sent more than 6,000 messages to Congress regarding the Medicare payment cut.
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