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Society leaders meet with lawmakers in DC

Several Wisconsin Medical Society leaders met with the state’s congressional delegation in Washington, DC, this week as part of the American Medical Association’s (AMA’s) annual National Advocacy Conference. The group met with the entire Wisconsin Congressional Delegation: U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson and U.S. Representatives Sean Duffy, Ron Kind, Gwen Moore, Tom Petri, Mark Pocan, Reid Ribble, Paul Ryan and Jim Sensenbrenner.

The main topic discussed during the Congressional meetings was legislation to repeal the Sustainable Growth Rate formula. H.R. 4015, introduced by Rep. Mike Burgess, MD (R-TX) and S. 2000, introduced by Senators Max Baucus (D-MT) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT), represent the first bipartisan, bicameral legislation to replace the flawed Medicare physician payment update formula. But Congress has little time left to enact this legislation before the scheduled 2014 Medicare physician payment cut of 24 percent takes effect April 1. Society leaders emphasized the importance of fixing Medicare now and urged the delegation to support these bills.

Society staff and member participants were Chief Executive Officer Rick Abrams; Clarence Chou, MD; Richard Dart, MD; Jim Deming, MD; Sarah Dyrstad, MD; John Hartman, MD; Jerry Halverson, MD; Barbara Hummel, MD; George Lange, MD, Timothy McAvoy, MD; Michael Miller, MD; Charles Rainey, MD, JD; Molli Rolli, MD; Tosha Wetterneck, MD; and Chris Rasch, the Society’s director of state and federal relations.

The Advocacy Conference brings together physicians from around the country to hear from political insiders and industry experts. More information is available on the AMA website.

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