Official comment regarding tentative agreement on 10-month extension of current Medicare physician payment rates
The following comments are attributable to Susan L. Turney, MD, MS, FACP, FACMPE, MGMA president and CEO
“We are deeply disappointed that Congress has missed a unique opportunity to repeal the SGR once and for all and instead has chosen political expediency over patients. Physician practices now face a mounting 35 percent payment threat from Medicare in 2013 and Congress has dug itself a $400 billion hole. Group practices are telling us that this congressional decision exacerbates an already unhealthy environment that limits their ability to plan for the future and balance their practice’s fiscal health with their desire to continue to serve Medicare beneficiaries.”
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