AMA Trying to Avoid Medicare 'Disaster'

November 12, 2010

Congress is about to address a potential double-digit cut to physician reimbursement under the Medicare program. With a Dec. 1 deadline looming and a lame-duck session of Congress about to reconvene, the American Medical Association is urging lawmakers to take more time to find a long-term solution to declining physician payments.

Congress is about to address a potential double-digit cut to physician reimbursement under the Medicare program. With a Dec. 1 deadline looming and a lame-duck session of Congress about to reconvene, the American Medical Association is urging lawmakers to take more time to find a long-term solution to declining physician payments.

In part one of a three-part podcast, Cecil B. Wilson, president of the AMA, discusses "the catastrophe" of these pending Medicare cuts facing the nation's physicians, the impact on practices nationwide, and the potential "disaster" to the program through continued legislative delays.

For the second part of this podcast, on the impact of health reform on the AMA, click here.

For the third part, on new AMA initiatives and guidelines, click here.