Statement attributable to:
Gerald E. Harmon, M.D.
President, American Medical Association
“The wheels of Congress don’t always move quickly, but today they did move toward preserving the viability of physician practices and maintaining access to care.
“Potential reductions in Medicare payments for physician services hung over the heads of patients and practices like a sword of Damocles. The Senate action today, following a similar House vote this week, would delay the reductions and give Congress time to work on reforms to address the flaws in the Medicare payment system.
“There is no need to wait for the last minute to start working on the systemic problems. These automatic cuts should remind members of the needed reforms. Congress can get a head start on doing the right thing when it reconvenes early next year.”
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