|Left to right: Joe Annis, MD; Russ Kridel, MD;|
Dr. Bailey; U.S. Rep. Bill Flores (R-Corpus Christi),
and Les Secrest, MD
TMA physician leaders and public affairs staff were in Washington, DC, along with colleagues from around the nation most of the week. They met one-on-one with U.S. representatives and senators to discuss the Sustainable Growth Rate and issues relating to the new health law. The SGR remains a critical issue. By the end of the year, physicians are looking at a cut of 30-percent or more to their Medicare payments. "Congress needs to be working now on a plan to ensure stability in the program to protect patients and their physicians," said TMA President Sue Bailey, MD.
Read about the other issues discussed at Capitol Hill: "Affordable Care Act: Find What's Missing, Keep What Works, Fix What's Broken."