Three Fixes for SGR

Steven Horvitz, DO writes ACOFP President Carol Henwood, DO

Dr. Henwood:

I just received your email blast about the SGR.

There are three fixes for SGR that come to mind that would immediately solve this never ending recurring problem for physicians.

1- eliminate the SGR entirely
2- advocate that all physicians opt out of Medicare
3- immediately freeze the physician fee schedule where it is AND allow physicians to balance bill patients for anything they want above it.

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When will the ACOFP decide to start advocating for physicians?

Dr. Henwood:

I just read the email report about the future of physician payments:

Will you be discussing how performance measures takes time and energy away from patient care?

Will you be discussing how it is third party performance measures that you are endorsing which takes away from patient care and raises greatly the cost of business in a practice?

Will you be discussing how many physicians are terminating their contracts with insurers and working directly with patients to avoid the intrusions into patient care?

Will you be discussing how many physicians are planning to retire early because they are tired of dealing with third parties and just want to be physicians who treat their patients?

If you do not discuss any of the above issues then you are missing the boat.

As an Osteopathic physician, and as my father who was an Osteopathic physician before me, we did not go into practice to work for government or third parties.

When will the ACOFP decide to start advocating for physicians, instead of abdicating our authority and treatment choices to third parties?

I would be happy to discuss any of the above matters with you at any time.

Please call me at my office.

Dr. Steven Horvitz

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