ASA members should be prepared to take immediate action in early June to call on all Senators to support this important bill, and to assure advancement of language that would restore full Medicare payment to anesthesiology teaching programs. The final bill will likely be crafted over the Memorial Day Congressional recess, and a formal ASA “call to action” will be forthcoming shortly.
Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, is championing this measure and has indicated that he is committed to addressing Medicare concerns despite a challenging budget climate. The legislation is necessary to maintain the integrity of the Medicare program for patients throughout the country and prevent payment cuts that would cut patient care. It would allow physicians to continue providing excellent and uninterrupted medical care for Medicare beneficiaries on July 1st and thereafter.
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