The Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) proudly endorsed the “Keep Physicians Serving Patients Act” H.R. 3302, introduced by Congressman Ron Kind this week. The bill would address the Medicare reimbursement disparity facing Wisconsin physicians by fixing the formula used to calculate the Geographic Practice Cost Index (GPCI). Wisconsin’s physicians, particularly in rural areas, are being adversely affected by the current formula.
Rep. Kind remarked on the bill “Rural communities have unique needs when it comes to health care. Physicians and health systems in rural Wisconsin provide high-quality care, but the flawed Medicare reimbursement formula is harming Wisconsin providers and putting pressure on rural health systems. I’m proud to work on this bipartisan bill to fix the GPCI formula and give rural communities a fair shake when it comes to Medicare reimbursement.”
Society President George Morris, MD offered further comment on the bill stating, “Wisconsin’s physicians provide some of the highest-quality care in the nation and this bill addresses longstanding geographic disparities in Medicare payment, significantly impacting rural areas. The Keep Physicians Serving Patients Act will improve Wisconsin’s ability to compete for and retain top-level physicians, increase access and improve care.”
The “Keep Physicians Serving Patients Act” is a bipartisan bill that was introduced along with Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (D-IA), and Congressmen Adrian Smith (R-NE) and Darin LaHood (R-IL).
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