Remind Congress that patients will be impacted by Medicare payment cuts
Posted: September 13, 2022
Preventing cuts to Medicare physician payment remains a top ACS advocacy priority as another round of significant cuts (nearly 8.5%) looms. Without congressional action, effective January 1, 2023, proposed cuts could once again impact patient access to surgical care. With no mechanism in place to bring payment levels to the current cost of providing care, these compounding negative financial factors facing those who treat Medicare patients co-exist amid historically high inflation.
As evidenced by record-breaking 2020-2021 efforts, grassroots advocacy works and remains essential to stopping the cuts.
ACS chapter involvement in the coming months will be essential. Be sure to write (and beginning 9/14, call) your lawmakers to inform them how the cuts impact you and your patients. ACS Division of Advocacy and Health Policy staff is eager to help. For questions or assistance, contact DAHP staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.