I am an elder law attorney in Spokane, Washington. I have many clients whose physicians have retired. It is extremely difficult for my clients to find a doctor who is willing to see them. When my mother’s doctor retired (in Colorado) it took many months for her to find a new doctor.
It's SGR Repeal Crunch Time
AMA President Ardis D. Hoven, MD explains how close Congress is to repealing the sustainable growth rate Medicare payment formula.
Without congressional action, Medicare physician services face a 24.1% cut on April 1, 2014. The AMA is working toward a better health system for patients, physicians and the nation as a whole. It's time to repeal the SGR formula and transition to a higher performing Medicare program. We need to foster innovation and remove barriers to physicians delivering the high-quality care that patients deserve.
Congress is finally zeroing in on a long-term fix for the flawed SGR. In the coming days, Congress plans to pass a short-term bridge that will allow them to focus on accomplishing a permanent SGR solution in early 2014.
Our military personnel deserve access to quality health care.
The SGR hurts TRICARE, the health care program for military personnel and their families.
Since 2003, Congress has enacted 16 patches to stop Medicare physician payment cuts, creating uncertainty for patients
Baby Boomers Are Retiring
Jan 1, 1946 through Dec 31, 1964
Did you know? 10,000 new Medicare enrollees enter the system every single day
PHYSICIAN SERVICES FACE AN ACROSS-THE-BOARD
REIMBURSEMENT CUT OF 24.1% DUE TO A FLAWED PAYMENT
FORMULA, THE SUSTAINABLE GROWTH RATE (SGR)
THE GAP BETWEEN MEDICARE PAYMENTS AND PRACTICE COSTS
IS GROWING AND WILL THREATEN PATIENTS’ ACCESS TO CARE
Can we survive the loss of more jobs?
766,000 jobs are projected to be lost by 2021 due to the 2% sequester cuts. How many additional jobs would be lost with a 24.1% SGR cut?
The health care has long been a mainstay even in times of recession, In 2012 health care accounted for 1 in 5 or 20% of jobs created in the United States.
While many of the top sectors of job loss are healthcare related, many other industries will suffer as well due to the indirect impact this will have on the economy.