A VMS news statement stressed that when the society agreed to support the creation of Catamount, "it was with the understanding that the physician fee schedule would be established in statute to equal the 2006 Medicare fee schedule, plus 10 percent, with an annual update based on the MEI (Medicare Economic Index).
"VMS would have strongly opposed the legislation creating Catamount if its physician reimbursement had been based on the Medicaid fee schedule. The proposed change represents a broken commitment," according to a VMS statement.
The governor has gone on record claiming his proposal will save Vermont money. But VMS members remain skeptical that Shumlin will be able to find savings in health care that make up for the $176 million budget shortfall.
Paula Duncan, M.D.: "Expanding the Medicaid rolls (in Vermont) will no doubt exacerbate the already tough economic situation that many physician practices find themselves in. The end result could be more Vermonters with Medicaid but without a doctor in their area who can afford to see them."
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