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Tennessee AARP members overwhelmingly want long-term fix to Medicare physician payment problem


AARPAcross party lines, Tennessee AARP members are united in their worry that they’ll lose access to their doctors unless Congress finds a long-term solution to problems with the Medicare physician reimbursement system, according to a new survey.

On Tuesday, congressional leaders were trying to reach a last-minute deal that would postpone a 25-percent pay cut for Medicare doctors set for January 1st. The proposal would delay the cut for about a year, which could give the incoming Congress some time to find a permanent solution to the flawed payment formula for Medicare that has been in place more than a decade.

Eighty percent of survey respondents said they are “very concerned” or “somewhat concerned” that doctors may stop treating Medicare patients if the pay cut isn’t averted. That included 88 percent of respondents who described themselves as Republicans, 76 percent of Democrats and 82 percent of independents, according to the survey conducted by Woelfel Research. «Read the rest of this article»

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