December 1, 2007

IDSA Advocacy Update
Physicians Protest Cuts in Physician Payments

More than 12,000 physicians contacted their legislators last month to protest Medicare’s 10.1 percent cut in physician payments scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2008.  The action was spurred by a plea from a coalition of dozens of medical specialty societies, including IDSA, urging physicians to learn more about problems with Medicare’s physician payment formula and contact their members of Congress.  The plan would include additional cuts totaling 40 percent through 2015 unless Congress finds a long-term solution to the physician payment problem. More information is available on our website.

In other advocacy news, IDSA and HIVMA urged members of Congress to override President Bush’s veto of the fiscal year 2008 bill funding the Department of Health and Human Services and other departments. In a November 14 letter, IDSA and HIVMA said lack of funding would endanger efforts to control the HIV epidemic in the United States, prevent the spread of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), and prepare for threats such as pandemic influenza. 

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