The Medical Group Management Association expressed its support for legislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on healthcare reform and revising physician Medicare payments, but also noted its concerns about restrictions that could be placed on physician-owned hospitals and physician investment in new hospitals.
MGMA supports House's reform legislation
“Healthcare delivery first requires a new and stable Medicare physician payment system foundation,” wrote William Jessee, M.D., MGMA president and CEO, in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. “MGMA appreciates your recognition that physician group practices cannot operate under the continued threat of steep Medicare payment reductions. Thus we are greatly pleased that the legislation repeals the sustainable-growth-rate formula.”
The letter applauds measures that would simplify healthcare administration, allow voluntary participation in a government-sponsored health plan and increase reimbursement for primary care.
The letter also stated, however, that the MGMA is “disappointed” in reimbursement cuts for imaging services performed in doctors' offices and is “particularly concerned” about proposals to eliminate options for physicians to invest in or refer to new hospitals “even in areas where no hospital exists.”
The Englewood, Colo.-based MGMA has 22,500 members who work in leadership roles at 13,700 healthcare organizations where some 275,000 physicians practice.
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