Dear IDSA Member:
On November 17, you have an opportunity to join physicians from across the country in sending members of Congress a clear message that the broken Medicare payment system must be fixed. IDSA is joining the American Medical Association (AMA) and other groups in urging physicians to pick up their phones on this day, billed as White Coat Wednesday, to make a national House Call on Congress. We will urge lawmakers to block the 23 percent payment cut (which is scheduled to take effect on December 1) and break the cycle of destabilizing short-term pay fixes.
Taking Action is Simple
Call your U.S. Senators between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Eastern Time on November 17 by using the AMA’s toll-free grassroots hotline: (800) 833-6354. Please visit IDSA’s Physician Payments Toolkit for a Question & Answer document that you can use as talking points.
Your patients also can contact their members of Congress through the AMA’s Patients Action Network by calling (888) 434-6200. Please feel free to use the Medicare Patient Flyer that has been developed by the AMA.
Review Your Medicare Participation Options
The threat of repeated payment cuts over the past year has forced many physicians to reassess their involvement in the Medicare Program. Click here to review your options—remember to make changes to your Medicare participation status before December 31, 2010.
Please feel free to contact Jason Scull of IDSA staff at (703) 299-5146 with any questions or concerns.
Daniel P. McQuillen, MD, FIDSA
Chair, Clinical Affairs Committee