On July 1, Medicare will slash physician payments 10.6 percent. Time is running out. Physicians and patients alike are urged to call their members of Congress and let them know how important the Save Medicare Act of 2008 (S. 2785) is for seniors and their doctors.

This legislation would prevent the 10.6 percent cut in Medicare physician payments planned for July 1, retain current payment levels for the remainder of this year and enact a 1.8 percent increase for 2009. Physicians and patients can call the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Grassroots Hotline at (800) 833-6354 to be connected to their members of Congress and urge them to co-sponsor and pass S. 2785.

Visit www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/category/14332.html to download the AMA’s Medicare Physician Payment Action Kit.