LINTHICUM, MD, February 17, 2012–In response to today’s vote by Congress to legislation that provides a 10-month delay to Medicare physician reimbursement cuts, freezing current rates and averting a 27.4 percent cut, the American Urological Association (AUA) issued the following statement, attributable to AUA President Sushil S. Lacy, MD, FACS:
“The SGR is a fatally flawed payment system that has failed to keep pace with the cost of doing business in this country. The SGR is a tremendous burden to physicians who struggle each year to keep their office doors open and provide ongoing quality care to seniors. While we are thankful that no cut will go into effect as of March 1, we are extremely disappointed in our elected officials, who have once again failed to correct the SGR. However, we remain committed to working with lawmakers to find a long-term solution to this problem.”
About the American Urological Association: Founded in 1902 and headquartered near Baltimore, Maryland, the American Urological Association is the pre-eminent professional organization for urologists, with more than 18,000 members throughout the world. An educational nonprofit organization, the AUA pursues its mission of fostering the highest standards of urologic care by carrying out a wide variety of programs for members and their patients.
Wendy Isett, AUA