In an opinion piece in the Appleton Post-Crescent last week, Wisconsin Medical Society President Tim McAvoy, MD, encouraged Congress to again show bipartisanship and fix Medicare’s flawed payment system. Doctor McAvoy commended U.S. Rep. Reid Ribble (R-Wis.) for his courageous vote to end the recent government shutdown and urged other federal lawmakers to follow his lead and repeal the broken Medicare physician payment formula.
“Nearly 1 million Wisconsin residents depend on Medicare to stay healthy and receive care when they are sick or injured,” Dr. McAvoy’s article said. “But the current Medicare payment formula is failing all of us. By putting people before politics – like Rep. Ribble did with his vote on the debt ceiling – our elected officials can help ensure that Medicare is ready to meet our patients’ present and future needs.”
The American Medical Association also posted a new infographic on its Fix Medicare Now website that provides an at-a-glance history of the costs related to the short-term fixes for the broken system. A flier that tells patients how this issue affects their choice of physician and access to care is available on the website as well.
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