Highmark Reimbursement Cuts, Opioid Abuse Discussed during PA Physicians’ Meeting with Congressman

Congressman Ryan Costello (PA-6) recently met with a group of physician constituents to discuss health care policy issues. The event was hosted by Wyomissing physician Benjamin Schlechter, MD, at his office. Dr. Schlechter, a plastic surgeon, is a past president of the Berks County Medical Society and the immediate past chairman of the Pennsylvania Medical Political Action Committee (PAMPAC).

Physicians attending the event discussed a wide range of health care policy issues that are impacting their practice and their patients. Topics ranged from the red tape restrictions imposed by both government and health insurers to the prescription drug abuse problem to the recently announced Highmark reduction in physician fees. Physicians representing more than a dozen different specialties participated.

Congressman Costello is in his first term as a member of the Congress. His district includes parts of Berks, Chester, and Montgomery counties.

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