Tuesday, November 8, 2011

TMA: Cuts in Dual Eligibles’ Payments Will Hurt Some of Texas’ Most Vulnerable Citizens

The state’s plan to save millions by eliminating payments for Medicare Part B coinsurance and deductibles to those eligible for both Medicaid and Medicare “will come at the expense of the health and well-being of some of the state’s most vulnerable citizens,” TMA President Bruce Malone, MD told the Health and Human Services Commission. Testifying in person against the proposal, Dr. Malone said the plan “would result in a 20-percent payment cut for physicians who care for these patients” and fuel physicians’ exodus from both Medicare and Medicaid. “The proposed rules penalize the physicians who care for the sickest and frailest Medicare patients. They hit particularly hard practices in rural, inner-city, and border Texas since those practices serve a disproportionate number of dually eligible Medicare patients.”

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