American College of Rheumatology Organizes a Unique Patient-Physician Call-In Day
This week, I’m in Atlanta attending the American College of Rheumatology’s annual scientific sessions. In the coming days, I’ll report on what I’m learning here about what new treatments are coming and new research on rheumatological diseases. However, today, I’m passing on a message that the ACR has asked me to give to you. They’re asking patients to join doctors in calling a hotline to request that Medicare payments for rheumatologists be reformed. They are urgent in this matter this week because of a scheduled reduction in payments of 23% as of December 1, 2010.
We have not been involved in any political effort in the past and this current effort is non-partisan. Rheumatologists are especially affected by Medicare payment rates because of the large percentage of rheumatology patients who are disabled or older. Rheumatology specialists are some of the lowest paid specialists in the United States and many are unable to care for Medicare patients already because of low reimbursement dollars. Many of them are small businessmen and women and will have to make decisions about how to keep their doors open.
Thanks for reading this unusual post! Please call or email if you agree with the position of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR). If you do call, please also repost this on Twitter or Facebook to help spread the word. You can also email this link to friends using the button below to have them call also.
Hotline phone number: 800-833-6354
“The American College of Rheumatology strongly urges Congress to support legislation revising the Medicare payment methodology to ensure appropriate reimbursement for specialists treating arthritis, rheumatic, and musculoskeletal diseases…” Read more information and links related to the ACR Call-In Day.
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