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Congress Fails To Halt Medicare SGR Cut In Time (06/18/2010)

SenateDespite repeated promises by Congressional leaders to resolve the issue in time to avoid disruption to psychologists and other providers, today Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) began processing claims at lower rates as a result of the 21.3% Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) cut. Read on to learn more about American Psychological Association Practice Organization’s (APAPO) call to action with a suggested message to send to your Congressperson.

Over the past few days, the Senate has attempted to move forward with several versions of a controversial tax extender measure (HR 4213) that have included provisions to block the SGR cut.  The bill has been the subject of intense debate regarding the extent of deficit spending, which has caused Senators to work to further “trim” the packages to gain the needed 60 votes.

Finally, today the Senate passed by unanimous consent a fully offset stand-alone bill to postpone the cut retroactive to June 1 and through November 30, 2010. The bill now heads to the House for consideration next week.

APAPO and practitioners across the country continue to explain to legislators that this is a tremendous burden to psychologists and their ability to provide services to Medicare beneficiaries.  In recent weeks, grassroots psychologists have sent more than 7,500 urgent messages to the Hill. 

With the debate now shifting back to the House, please call and urge your Representative to immediately halt the SGR cut.

Action:
Call and urge your Representative to immediately halt the SGR cut.

Call the Capitol Hill Switchboard at (202) 225-3121 and ask for your Representative’s office.  If you do not know who your Representative is, you can give the operator your ZIP code or find out using our Legislative Action Center at http://capwiz.com/apapractice/officials/congress/?lvl=C.

Message:
I am calling as a constituent and psychologist to urge you to immediately halt the 21.3% Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate cut retroactive to June 1 and work to permanently replace the flawed SGR formula as soon as possible.  This cut will have severe consequences for patient access to quality mental health care and must be addressed immediately.  Thank you for your time and consideration.

Jeff Cook, J.D.
Director of Field & State Operations
American Psychological Association Practice Organization
750 First Street, NE Washington, DC 20002
(202) 336-5875 (Office)
(202) 336-5797 (Fax)
jco@apa.org (click to verify and reveal email)

Republished with permission: APAPO

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