Legislation to repeal the Sustainable Growth Rate formula was the main topic of discussion when Society leaders met with Wisconsin’s congressional delegation in Washington, D.C. this week as part of the American Medical Association’s (AMA) annual National Advocacy Conference. The group met with U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson and U.S. Representatives Sean Duffy, Ron Kind, Mark Pocan, Reid Ribble and Jim Sensenbrenner, as well as staff for Representatives Paul Ryan, Gwen Moore and Glenn Grothman.
Congress has little time left to enact this legislation before the scheduled Medicare physician payment cut takes effect April 1. Society leaders emphasized the importance of fixing Medicare now and urged the delegation to support the repeal and replacement of the flawed formula.
The Society also talked with the congressional members about the Graduate Medical Education cap that is negatively affecting Wisconsin, medical school students and the state’s medical colleges. In addition, the Society pushed for its Medicare Data provision to allow for Qualified Entities and downstream users, like the Society, to have access to Medicare Fee-for-Service data and asked for a temporary extension of the Medicaid primary care services increase that expired at the end of 2014.
Society staff and member participants were Chief Executive Officer Rick Abrams; Society President Richard Dart, MD; Chief Medical Officer Donn Dexter, MD; John Hartman, MD; Barbara Hummel, MD, Timothy McAvoy, MD; Michael Miller, MD; Gene Musser, MD; Molli Rolli, MD; medical student Jessica Peterson, and staff Heidi Green and Chris Rasch.
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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