U.S. Senators from Georgia Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson are being asked to work to stop a 21 percent Medicare cut that goes into effect on March 1.
The senators received a letter from American Medical Association President J. James Rohack. Also signing it were Joseph Stubbs of Albany, Ga. who is president of the American College of Physicians, and Lamar McGinnis of Atlanta who is the president of the American College of Surgeons.
Rohack wrote: "In two weeks, Georgia's 1.1 million Medicare patients and 441,000 TRICARE patients will face reduced access to care and choice of physicians when an automatic 21 percent payment cut to physicians begins. As president of the AMA, joining with the presidents of two large national medical specialty organizations who dedicated their professional lives to caring for Georgia's patients, we are calling on Congress to take immediate permanent action to repeal the broken Medicare physician payment formula before time runs out."