Response to TMA President Dr. King Regarding His Campaign for H.R.2

Read what is wrong with MACRA HR2 SGR repeal docfix and call your Sen. to vote “NO.”


Dear Dr. King,

I was stunned when I received your TMA alert instructing Texas physicians to contact Senator Cruz and tell him to support H.R.2 using your talking points. Have you completely read H.R.2 yourself? Where did you get your talking points? Whose interests do you represent? How did you conclude you as the leader of TMA should back H.R.2?

Like you, I have long held Dr. Burgess in highest regard. His goal of repealing SGR is laudable, but the associated side effects of this proposed SGR cure are worse than the disease. H.R.2 was exposed to far too much outside contamination, whether that be from specialty hospitals, IT, or other special interests, such that the intended SGR fix becomes irrelevant in short order when the Alternative Payment Models ushered in by H.R.2 take effect. Secretary Burwell is targeting 85% of Medicare to be delivered by such models by 2018…

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