The American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP) along with the Ohio ACOFP, and more 150 national and regional physician associations sent a letter this week to all US House and Senate offices urging each Representative and Senator not to eliminate the Medicaid Primary Care Incentive bonus to pay for the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) fix.
Nixing this pay hike is one of the proposed ingredients in a one-year, $25 billion SGR fix that is percolating on Capitol Hill, and it could be folded into a fiscal cliff deal.
ACOFP state chapters who signed the letter include:
The ACOFP and the American Osteopathic Association are actively lobbying to stave off the potential 26.5 percent cut to physician reimbursements, as well as an additional proposed 2 percent cut as a result of sequestration. Watch this video for important information.
Congress is running out of time to stop the upcoming 26.5% cut to Medicare physician payments, and the divided Congress is making advocacy more difficult. The looming threat of sequestration will create an additional 2% cut if Congress fails to act by January 2, plus additional cuts to graduate medical education (GME) and research funding.
Congress must take action to permanently repeal the systemically flawed sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula and provide some stabilization of the current Medicare payments system for physicians. In addition, a balanced approach to deficit reduction must be agreed upon to prevent sequestration. Send your letter now!!