California Medical Association urges Congress to halt physician cuts

The California Medical Association has called on Congress to stop the upcoming Medicare physician payment cuts.

In a recent study conducted by the association, 70% of California physicians said they will have to limit their Medicare patient load under the cuts. Meanwhile, almost half of the respondents said they would retire early if the cuts went into effect, according to a Nov. 20 news release.

"CMA is disappointed that Congress has failed to stop the substantial Medicare cuts that will threaten the viability of physician practices and endanger patient access to care," CMA President Tanya Spirtos, MD, said in the release.

"While there is broad bipartisan support to address Medicare payment reform, the political dysfunction in Congress continues to make it extremely difficult to meaningfully address long-term solutions and protect Medicare patient access to care."

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