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AMA News Room

April 14, 2015

AMA Celebrates Historic Medicare Reforms Passed by Congress That Will Improve Health of the Nation

For immediate release:
April 14, 2015

Statement attributed to:
James L. Madara, MD
Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President, American Medical Association

"Physicians across the country join the American Medical Association (AMA) in celebrating the U.S. Senate's vote tonight to pass Medicare delivery and payment reforms that will help our nation's seniors and improve the health of the nation.

"Passage of this historic legislation finally brings an end to an era of uncertainty for Medicare beneficiaries and their physicians—facilitating the implementation of innovative care models that will improve care quality and lower costs. Patients will be able to get the care they need and deserve.

"In addition to eliminating the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, we applaud our policymakers for ensuring access to care for children, low-income individuals and families by extending funds for the Children's Health Insurance Program and community health centers.

"On behalf of our patients, America's physicians thank the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate for their bipartisan and bicameral successful work to build the stable and sustainable Medicare program that will secure high-quality, cost-effective health care."

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