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AAFP Uses Connect for Reform to Answer Questions on SGR Efforts
By News Staff
The Q-and-A document provides details on
- what is happening with the Medicare payment schedule,
- what the government is doing to fix the problem,
- the history of the SGR and its effect on physician payment rates,
- what the current legislation means for doctors and their Medicare patients, and
- what the Academy is doing in terms of the SGR.
The Senate currently is debating a bill that includes an extension of the payment rate until Oct. 1, 2010. In the meantime, however, the AAFP is coordinating with other physician groups to make sure the cuts do not take effect. In addition, the AAFP is pressuring Congress to find a permanent solution to the SGR, according to the document.
"We know there are many other issues legislators are grappling with right now -- from health care to jobs to the budget, and all have become increasingly political," says the document. "Nevertheless, a 21 percent pay cut to our members and the negative effect it will have on our patients at any point are unacceptable."
The AAFP vows to "continue our efforts to ensure Congress understands the devastating effects (of the SGR) on physician practices and Medicare beneficiaries across the country and work with them to put in place a permanent Medicare payment solution."