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AAFP Continues to Press Congress for Medicare Payment Solution
Academy Signs on to AARP Letter
By News Staff
In the letter, the signatories point out that "Congress has long recognized that the SGR is a poor method for establishing Medicare payment rates for doctors; in each of the last nine years it has voted to override the cuts mandated under the formula.
"New payments methods are needed that maintain access and encourage the delivery of high-quality care. Another temporary patch to avoid next year's cuts does not deliver the stability that people with Medicare need. Stop-gap measures have served to increase the size of future cuts, the cost of long-term reform and the insecurity among people with Medicare about their ability to see the doctor of their choice."
According to the letter, "Addressing the current flawed payment formula is a necessary and far-sighted course of action. As we address this problem, we must also ensure that we keep the Medicare program affordable for beneficiaries, especially given that today the average older person spends nearly 20 percent of his/her income on health care."
The groups also stress the importance of primary care by calling for "a continued focus on physician services, including care coordination provided by primary care physicians, which are key to achieving the goals of better care, better health and lower costs."
AAFP Continues to Press Congress for Payment Solution