AAFP commends Gang of 6 for addressing Medicare physician payment

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

(Washington, DC) – The undersigned organizations, representing over 700,000 physicians, commend the Senate Bipartisan “Gang of 6” for recognizing that reform of the Medicare physician payment formula – specifically a full repeal of the sustainable growth rate formula – must be included in deficit reduction legislation. Failure to recognize the impact of the SGR on the long-term financial health of the Medicare program would be to ignore one of the most pressing financial and health care policy issues facing our nation.

We look forward to learning more details of the proposal in the coming days and continuing to work with the many members of Congress from both chambers and both parties who are committed to resolving this issue once and for all.

American Academy of Dermatology Association (12,000)
American Academy of Family Physicians (100,300)
American Academy of Ophthalmology (18,000)
American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (18,000)
American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery (11,000)
American College of Cardiology (39,000)
American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (21,000)
American College of Osteopathic Surgeons (2,500)
American College of Physicians (132,000)
American College of Surgeons (76,000)
American Medical Association (220,000)
American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics (1,400)
American Osteopathic Association (78,000)
American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (10,000)
American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (2,800)
American Society of Plastic Surgeons (6,000)
American Urological Association (10,000)

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Founded in 1947, the American Academy of Family Physicians represents 134,600 physicians and medical students nationwide, and it is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care.

Family physicians conduct approximately one in five of the total medical office visits in the United States per year – more than any other specialty. Family physicians provide comprehensive, evidence-based, and cost-effective care dedicated to improving the health of patients, families and communities. Family medicine’s cornerstone is an ongoing and personal patient-physician relationship where the family physician serves as the hub of each patient’s integrated care team. More Americans depend on family physicians than on any other medical specialty.

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