AMA exec says Medicare cuts will be ‘catastrophic’

By Associated Press
Posted Nov. 8, 2010 at 12:57 p.m.

The president of the nation’s largest doctors’ group says upcoming cuts in Medicare physician payments will be catastrophic for seniors. Dr. Cecil Wilson, president of the American Medical Association, says Medicare payments will drop by more than 20 percent by January unless Congress takes quick action.

Wilson says many seniors will lose access to needed care because some doctors will stop accepting Medicare patients. He adds it’s a question of medical practices remaining financially viable.

The AMA is running full-page newspaper ads and wants a 13-month reprieve so a permanent solution can be sought.

Wilson spoke out against the cuts Monday at the AMA’s interim meeting in San Diego.

The AMA has long complained the Medicare payment system is flawed. But it’s unknown if Congress will scrap the cuts, or even give doctors the full reprieve they’re seeking.

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