April 9, 2004
The "Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003," signed into law by President Bush last December, contains many provisions that will have a profound impact on physicians. While many physicians know about the reversal of scheduled physician payment cuts, some may be unaware of the Medicare prescription drug cards that will become available to their patients this spring, or the many benefits for low-income Medicare beneficiaries that were included in the new law.
To help physicians prepare for the pending changes in Medicare, the AMA developed a document, titled "What the New Medicare Law Means to You." The purpose of the document is to help physicians answer questions from their patients about the changes in Medicare and to make sure they understand the many features of the law that will have an impact on medical practices.