MMS Urges Super Committee to Repeal the SGR

The MMS has called on members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation to urge members of the congressional "Super Committee" to  repeal the physician Medicare payment formula in its deficit-reduction proposal. The committee is charged with finding $1.2 trillion in reductions or revenues by December 2011.

Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts is a member of that committee. In a separate letter to Sen. Kerry, MMS President Lynda M. Young, MD, stated, "We believe the deficit reduction package provides the only viable opportunity to permanently solve this formidable and daunting problem."

The MMS was joined by the presidents of the district medical societies, who wrote to their members of the congressional delegation and provided county-specific data about patients' access to care in their counties.

Also this week, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission supported repealing the SGR, and partially funding the repeal with reimbursement  cuts to specialists and a payment freeze for primary care physicians.  The AMA strongly denounced the proposal. 

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