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Senate Moves To Delay SGR One Month – Your Continued Pressure Needed

U.S. CapitolOn November 18 the Senate passed legislation postponing the 23% Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) cut one month through December 31, 2010. The bill (HR 5712) passed by unanimous consent and is expected to be considered by the House on November 29. Included in this announcement is a “call to action” with links and a suggested letter that will help you contact your Congressperson.

Senate Finance Committee leaders have indicated that the one-month postponement would provide time to negotiate a longer term measure that is intended to include other extenders. It remains critically important that Congress include the 5% psychotherapy payment restoration extension in the final SGR bill considered in December.

If you have not already, please urge your Senators and Representatives to quickly pass the psychology payment restoration extension.

Action:
Click here to urge your Senators and Representative to quickly pass the psychology payment restoration extension

If you are not able to reach the Legislative Action Center from the above link, please go here.

Grassroots feedback is also extremely important to our advocacy efforts, so we would very much appreciate it if you would e-mail (email provided below) or fax (202-336-5797) us any responses you receive from your Representative.

Sample Letter:

I am writing as a psychologist and constituent to share my deep concern that Congress has not yet taken action on several key Medicare priorities. Congress must extend the 5% psychotherapy payment restoration when it moves to prevent the 23% Sustainable Growth Rate cut.

An extension of the psychotherapy restoration, originally enacted as part of the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act, is absolutely essential to protect Medicare patients’ access to quality mental health care. My practice is already facing significantly lower reimbursement in 2011 due to CMS’s recent practice expense and Medical Economic Index reductions, and I simply cannot afford to provide services for less.

Please enact the restoration extension as soon as possible. This is critically important to my practice and the patients I serve. 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)

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