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Medicare Issues
On 48th Anniversary of Medicare, AMA Says Patients and Physicians Deserve Healthy System
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Jul 31, 2013 - 9:06:14 AM

(HealthNewsDigest.com) - The AMA marks Medicare's 48th anniversary with an eye to the future and a commitment to work in partnership with lawmakers and physician organizations to build a more sustainable health care system. Millions of Americans' lives have been profoundly impacted and improved because Medicare enhanced access to caring physicians in their senior years. Older adults and persons with disabilities have access to the care they deserve as a result of this program, and it is important it remains viable for future generations.

"Physicians are committed to strengthening and improving the Medicare system and the AMA will continue working with Congress to move Medicare toward a program that ensures the best health outcomes for patients and a stable, rewarding practice environment for physicians," said AMA Past President Jeremy A. Lazarus, M.D.

The AMA and 110 other physician organizations have developed principles for transitioning Medicare to include an array of payment models that allow physicians the flexibility to choose options that will help lower costs and improve the quality of care for patients. The new models must be accessible to physicians in all practice sizes and settings so the country's physicians can have a stable practice environment that allows them to invest in their practices in order to provide high value care for Medicare patients.

"An average of 10,000 baby-boomers are aging into Medicare each day. Now is the time to ensure the program will be sustainable for future generations of Americans," Dr. Lazarus said.

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About the American Medical Association (AMA)
The AMA, headquartered in Chicago, is committed to enabling a better health care system for patients and physicians to improve the health of the nation. Through its broad reach and deep relationships, the AMA is initiating partnerships to advance results-focused endeavors that improve public health, improve medical education and improve physician practice sustainability and satisfaction. Visit ama-assn.org to learn more about the AMA.

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