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AMA Urges Congress to Nullify Medicare Sequester

For immediate release:
Sept. 12, 2012

CHICAGO – The American Medical Association (AMA) and more than 100 state and specialty medical societies today submitted a letter to Congress urging the passage of legislation nullifying the 2 percent cut in payments to physicians who treat Medicare patients called for under the Budget Control Act’s sequestration provision and the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula.

“Physicians are committed to delivery and payment reform in the Medicare program, but we need stability in the Medicare system as we work to promote high quality, high value, better coordinated patient care,” said AMA President Jeremy A. Lazarus, M.D. “The sequestration cut, coupled with uncertainty surrounding the looming 27 cut in payments to physicians who treat Medicare patients on January 1, will hurt patient access to care and impede practice investments by physicians that are needed to improve our health care system.”

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Shannon (O'Brien) Breymaier
AMA Media Relations
(312) 464-4443
shannon.breymaier@ama-assn.org

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