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AAPI Signs AMA Coalition Letter to Congress Urging Fix to Medicare SGR

Sep 25, 2011

 

AAPI Signs AMA Coalition Letter to Congress Urging Fix to Medicare SGR

Washington, D.C. - The American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) issued the following statement after signing a coalition letter led by the American Medical Association signed by 67 specialty medical associations and 51 state medical associations that was delivered to Capitol Hill urging Congress to address a permanent fix to the Medicare SGR.

“AAPI is proud to join the American Medical Association on the vital issue of reforming the Medicare sustainable growth rate formula,” said AAPI president Dr. Sunita Kanumury. “Reforming the Medicare SGR is the number one issue our membership is focused on this fall in addition to Congress passing meaningful tort reform at the federal level.

“We know that Congress has a deadline of passing $1.2 trillion in spending cuts by December 23, and critical health care programs are at risk of being cut, including reimbursements to physicians. Fixing the Medicare SGR is the first step forward to address serious health care reforms and ensure the physician-patient relationship under Medicare continues uninterrupted on January 1, 2012, when a scheduled cut is to take place.

“We are hosting a fall legislative day on Monday, October 24, and I ask all AAPI members to participate to make sure our voices are being heard in Congress on these vital issues,” concluded Kanumury.



The Oct. 24 program will include speakers from medical associations and a “lobby day” where AAPI members will visit congressional offices in teams to discuss AAPI’s legislative agenda, which will focus on Medicare SGR reform and tort reform. RSVP to info@aapiusa.org.