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AMA calls for CMS to withdraw inflation proposal
Modern Healthcare

The CMS should withdraw any changes it has proposed to Medicare’s Economic Index until a comprehensive review of the MEI is completed, the American Medical Association stated in comments to the agency on the proposed physician fee schedule for 2011. The MEI is a measure of inflation used in tandem with the sustainable growth-rate index to set physician payments. The AMA has long requested that the agency revise the MEI, claiming the current formula is outdated and understates the growing gap between Medicare payments and the cost of caring for seniors.