We are not alone in our concern about these potential cuts. A recent survey of medical groups like ours, conducted by AMGA, the trade association representing medical groups and integrated systems, found that the potential impacts of the cuts include hiring freezes and reductions in staff, elimination of services, and possibly not being able to accept new Medicare or MA beneficiaries.
To add further financial stress, Congress may consider cuts to the MA program, an increasingly popular choice of Medicare beneficiaries. At PriMED Physicians, MA patients accounts for 56 percent of our total Medicare patients visits. These possible cuts to MA are in addition to the possible 10% cuts to traditional Medicare. This creates an untenable situation not only for PriMED Physicians, but for the entire healthcare delivery system. These cuts threaten our ability to do our absolute best for our patients and community. Should Congress implement these cuts, we would need to seriously consider numerous changes, some of them like what our peers voiced in the AMGA survey. Clearly, these cuts could not come at a worse possible time, especially as we see the impact of new coronavirus variants, such as the Delta variant we are now battling.