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Arthritis Northwest Needs Your Help!

September 27, 2011

Unless Congress finds a permanent fix to preventing steep cuts in Medicare payment rates, these access challenges will get worse. Without Congressional action on long-term Medicare physician payment reform, Medicare rates will be cut nearly 30 percent on January 1, 2012, while practice costs continue to rise.
Senator Patty Murray, (D-WA), is co-chair of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction ("Super Committee"), which recently held its first formal hearing on September 13. The committee is charged with finding $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction spending over a 10-year period. While no formal proposals have been presented yet, potential savings of this magnitude will involve a wide array of government projects and services and critical cuts in many areas are actively being discussed.
Senator Murray needs to hear from physicians and patients ASAP on repealing the Sustainable Grown Rate (SGR) physician payment formula. As this process unfolds, it's important that legislators take a careful approach to proposed entitlement reforms to Social Security and Medicare—including a permanent fix to the flawed SGR formula.
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