Last year, Congress put a hold on a combination of severe proposed cuts to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS). While some cuts were indefinitely patched, others were put on hold and have already begun to roll in. Due to Congressional inaction, Medicare physician payments will suffer a nearly 3% cut by the end of the year.
This is part of the larger issue that Medicare physician payment has been wholly inadequate for decades and CMS tries to cut payments even more every year:
- Adjusted for inflation, Medicare physician pay declined 20% from 2001 to 2021
- Meanwhile, the cost of running a medical practice increased by 39% in the same time
- CMS pushes these cuts, despite our warnings that it will result in fewer seniors being able to access their needed treatments
Contact your legislators to let them know that you demand these cuts be permanently fixed by legislation. Physicians should not have to come back to Congress every year to fight for basic needs and to protect the access to care of the most vulnerable patients. Tell your legislators that their inaction is unacceptable and they need to put forward a fix for these cuts.
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We also urge you to reach out to your elected officials through social media and by phone. If you have questions about this campaign or any of NASS’s advocacy work, please email us at email@example.com