The letter was sent as hundreds of physicians descended on Washington, DC, to take part in the AMA's annually national advocacy conference. In addition, physicians from across the country were asked to contact their members of Congress and urge them support the legislation, HR 4015 and S 2000, that repeals SGR formula and creates what the AMA calls "a pathway to developing and implementing new healthcare delivery and payment models to improve the quality and effectiveness of care."
Gingrey says that the House bill will move the process forward. What's important, he says, is getting into a conference committee with the Senate so that lawmakers can negotiate a solution.
"I am not going to get over the tip of my skis by saying what the pay-fors might be coming out of the conference committee," he says. "But we are very optimistic that we can get an agreement in conference and finally, after about 10 or 15 years of trying, to get rid of this flawed SGR formula [that] we can have a better payment system for our physicians so we keep them in the system accepting Medicare patients, which our precious seniors desperately need."