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Barry Fortner, PhD, Promotes Community-Based Care on Capitol Hill


On November 3, Barry Fortner, PhD, President, Specialty Physician Services and Brad Tallamy, Director of Government Affairs at AmerisourceBergen urged Congressional leaders to pass H.R. 1920, cosponsored by Reps. Fred Upton (R-MI), Gene Green (D-TX), John Shimkus (R-IL), Diana DeGette (D-CO), Pat Tiberi (R-OH), Peter King (R-TX), Ron Kind (D-WI), Pete Sessions (R-TX), Buddy Carter (R-GA), and Pat Meehan (R-PA) which excludes distributor prompt pay discounts from Medicare Part B Reimbursement. This long-sought exclusion would correct an error that reduces reimbursement for Part B providers, hitting community-based practices particularity hard – AmerisourceBergen alone has lost nearly 1200 physician practice customers since 2005.

Barry and Brad met with Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Chairman Michael Burgess (R-TX), Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Ranking Member Gene Green (D-TX), Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL), as well as staff from the offices of Reps. Pete Olson (R-TX), Kenny Marchant (R-TX), Sam Johnson (R-TX), and Bill Flores (R-TX) to communicate this message and urge members to include H.R. 1920 in must-pass Medicare legislation expected later this year. Barry walked through data highlighting that community-based practices continue to provide cost-effective, high quality patient care, and explained that correcting the prompt pay error will help preserve patient access to this site of care going forward.  Following the meetings, Reps. Sewell and Marchant indicated that they would cosponsor the legislation.  ABC has supported legislation correcting the prompt pay error for many years and we will continue to push to ensure patient access to community-based care is preserved. 


U.S. Rep. Gene Green and Barry Fortner, PhD, President, Specialty Physician Services

U.S. Congressman Gene Green was appointed to the House Energy and Commerce committee in 1996 and continues to serve today as the Ranking Member for the Subcommittee on Health for the 115th Congress. Rep. Green is the lead Energy and Commerce Democrat on Prompt Pay.

Chairman Michael Burgess (R-TX) and Barry Fortner

U.S. Congressman Michael Burgess serves on the prestigious House Energy and Commerce Committee as the Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health and is the most senior medical doctor serving in the House of Representatives. 


Barry Fortner and U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell

U.S. Congresswoman Terri Sewell has a strong history of commitment to healthcare, serving as the lead Democrat on oncology medical home legislation. Rep. Sewell led efforts to repeal the Part B Demo last year, and has agreed to cosponsor the Prompt Pay Bill.


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