ACC Comments on “Doc Fix” Compromise in the Senate

Contact: Shannon Cline,, 202-375-6658

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American College of Cardiology (ACC) President Dr. Ralph Brindis today made the following statement upon learning of the Senate compromise that would prevent the scheduled 25-percent cut in physician reimbursements in Medicare from taking effect on January 1, 2011:

“Good things can happen for patients when Congress works to solve problems as opposed to using Medicare as a political football.

“This compromise would prevent the scheduled 25-percent cut from taking effect at the first of the year.  But more importantly, it sets the stage for the next Congress to work on replacing the flawed sustained growth rate (SGR) formula with an innovative payment system that rewards physicians based on the quality of care they deliver, rather than quantity.

“While far from perfect, both Democrats and Republicans can feel good knowing that this legislation will help those patients who need access to quality health care. I’m hopeful that this legislation will make its way to the President’s desk for his signature.

“We encourage the Senate to take the lead and work quickly to pass this legislation on behalf of the millions of American fighting cardiovascular disease.”

To schedule an interview with Dr. Ralph Brindis, please contact Shannon Cline of the American College of Cardiology at (202) 375-6658 or by email at


About the American College of Cardiology
The American College of Cardiology is transforming cardiovascular care and improving heart health through continuous quality improvement, patient-centered care, payment innovation and professionalism. The College is a 39,000-member nonprofit medical society comprised of physicians, surgeons, nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists and practice managers, and bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet its stringent qualifications. The College is a leader in the formulation of health policy, standards and guidelines, and is a staunch supporter of cardiovascular research. The ACC provides professional education and operates national registries for the measurement and improvement of quality care. More information about the association is available online at




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