Feb 6, 2008

Podcast TMA: The Texas Medicare Manifesto

This installment of Podcast TMA comes to you directly from the TMA 2008 Winter Conference. Listen in as TMA president Dr. Bill Hinchey explains the never-ending congressional problems with Medicare payments … and what TMA is going to do to change that.

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TMA created the Texas Medicare Manifesto to hold the government accountable to the promises it made to help us care for our elderly patients and Texans with disabilities. We are asking our U.S. representatives and senators to:
  • Fix the Formula: We need a rational Medicare physician payment system that automatically keeps up with the cost of running a practice and is backed by a stable funding source.

  • Tear Down the Silos: No “positive updates,” no increases for hospitals, nursing homes, Medicare HMOs, or any other Medicare providers until the physician payment system is addressed once and for all for the benefit of our Medicare patients. (If that takes “breaking down the silos” between Medicare Parts A, B, and D, so be it.)

  • Put Patients Before Insurance Companies: Medicare Advantage plans should not come ahead of patient care. Why should Medicare Advantage plans make three times more than the commercial health insurance sector? We need to stop Congress from robbing seniors and feeding the health insurance beast.

  • No Quid Pro Quos: We won’t trade a fixed formula for limitations on physicians’ rights to invest in hospitals and equipment. We won’t trade for unfunded mandates, such as required e-prescribing systems.

Read more about the Texas Medicare Manifesto.

Download patient education posters.

Join the March to the Hill.

Write a letter to the editor.

Complete text of Dr. Hinchey’s remarks.

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