ACA, other groups meet with Senate Finance Committee
April 22, 2008 — Representatives from the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) and other physician groups listened to a proposal to delay cuts to the Medicare physician-fee schedule in a round-table meeting with the Senate Finance Committee April 11.
Committee Chairperson Max Baucus (D-MT) outlined his proposal for delaying cuts to the Medicare physician fee schedule that are expected to go into effect on July 1, 2008. Baucus proposes a potential 1.1 percent increase in payments through the end of 2009. He also stated that he would prevent the 21-percent payment-cuts physicians face in 2010. By delaying the cuts for 18 months,
he is hopeful that Congress can address the physician payment methodology on a broader scale.
Baucus also outlined other provisions he would like to include in the bill. One would give physicians incentives for using electronic prescribing and other types of electronic health records. Another would increase or expand the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI), which increases payments to providers who report quality data.
The Senator added he wants to link reimbursements to quality of care in Medicare, a proposal he plans to have on the Senate floor by mid-May.Source: American Chiropractic Association, www.acatoday.org