Dr. Cherly Hall, Texas Psychological Association (TPA) Board Trustee, released an important message that asks psychologists to contact their Representative and request passage of H.R. 3961. This bill prevents sizable scheduled cuts to provider payments. Dr. Hall points out that changes in Medicare not only affect Medicare providers, but also private pay insurance collections. The original announcement is posted below, plus instructions on how to contact your Representative using a suggested message.
This week the House of Representatives may vote on the Medicare Physician Payment Reform Act of 2009, called H.R. 3961. If passed, this bill would prevent the scheduled 21.2% cut to Medicare provider payments from taking effect in 2010. The bill also provides for a 1% update for providers in 2010, and future years will have inflationary adjustments as well. If H.R. 3961 passes we will no longer have to collectively fight an automatic cut in Medicare payment rates every year driven by the Sustainable Growth Rate (or SGR) formula and the SGR would be permanently replaced.
Even if you are not a Medicare provider at the present time, this can have a significant impact on you as a provider and on your patients because payment rates with Medicare can affect payment rates with other insurers.
Please take the time to follow the link below, contact your Representative and ask him or her to pass H.R. 3961. Please do it today!!
Click here to urge your Representative to pass H.R. 3961
I am writing as a psychologist and constituent to urge you to pass H.R. 3961, the Medicare Physician Payment Reform Act of 2009. Congress must take action to prevent the 21.2% cut to provider payments scheduled for 2010 and should permanently replace the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. The SGR formula has created an untenable situation for Medicare patients, providers and the system as a whole, in which every year we must collectively fight an automatic cut in Medicare payment rates. Medicare beneficiaries, who have paid into the program for years, must maintain access to high quality mental health services. The continuing threat of SGR cuts puts this important entitlement at risk and must be addressed this year.
Please pass H.R. 3961. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Cheryl L. Hall, Ph.D., MS PsyPharm
TPA Board Trustee
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