On your behalf, the ISMA and partners urged Hoosiers to demand Congress pass a long-term Medicare formula fix, to help patients, practices and to save jobs
Immediately after the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, the ISMA spotlighted the pending Medicare payment cuts and explained publicly how the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula continually threatens patient access, your practice viability and Indiana jobs. Before cameras and reporters, physician leaders asked for public support for a new Medicare pay formula.
In the Nov. 29 news conference detailing the urgency of the situation and potential number of Hoosiers affected, the ISMA was joined by AARP Indiana and the Indiana Academy of Family Physicians. The organizations urged citizens to contact their congressmen asking for a year-long delay of the pending cuts to provide sufficient time for permanently replacing the physician pay formula.
“A crisis looms a mere 48 hours away,” ISMA President Brent Mohr, M.D., said into news cameras in South Bend.
“Cuts of 25 percent will make it difficult for physicians to maintain their practices, pay their staff and purchase supplies and medicines – in order to care for their patients.”
The ISMA chose the location in hopes of spurring action by U.S. Representative Joe Donnelly, a strong voice for older Hoosiers, who represents Indiana’s 2nd Congressional District that includes South Bend.
The U.S. Senate did act Nov. 18 to delay the proposed Medicare payment cut by one month; the House approved a one-month delay later in the day Nov. 29. However, a permanent fix is still needed to ensure stability for the program – and the current patch lasts only until January.
Find the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services final rule on physician pay in the Federal Register.