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AMA News Room

July 23, 2013

AMA: In Reforming Medicare, Details Matter

For immediate release:
July 22, 2013

Physicians urge lawmakers to ensure sustainable resources, not increase administrative burden

Statement attributable to:
Ardis D. Hoven, MD
President, American Medical Association

“The American Medical Association (AMA) is pleased that the Energy and Commerce Committee and other congressional leaders continue their work to end the broken Medicare physician payment system this year and move toward a Medicare program that rewards high quality care for our nation’s senior citizens and reduces costs. There is clear bipartisan support for fixing this failed formula and making improvements in the program, but the details matter considerably and there is still work to be done to ensure a strong future for Medicare.

“When crafting new payment systems, lawmakers must ensure that funding for Medicare’s payments to physicians is sufficient to allow for sustainable practice environments that give physicians the ability to invest in new ways of improving care for patients. This includes maintaining budget neutrality related to adjustments to correct misvalued codes as part of that ongoing process. Changes to quality reporting requirements should build on the existing system rather than attempting to implement a new regimen that adds administrative burdens and could distract from more effective efforts to improve patient care.  

“The AMA and 110 other physician organizations have developed principles for transitioning Medicare to include an array of payment models that allow physicians the flexibility to choose options that will help lower costs and improve the quality of care for patients. We will continue to work with the committee to achieve the best Medicare system for patients and physicians.”

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Heather Lasher Todd
AMA Media Relations


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