Contact Your Members of Congress Today to Stop Medicare Cuts Scheduled for 2023!
August 5, 2022
Here we go again. Just like last year, physicians are once again facing another round of Medicare cuts. The slashing of these reimbursements, which is scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1, 2023, would be disastrous for patients and physicians.
To prevent these cuts scheduled for 2023, Congress must act now to:
- Extend the congressionally enacted 3% temporary increase in the Medicare physician fee schedule (PFS) conversion factor to avoid payment cuts associated with budget neutrality adjustments
- Replace the scheduled and anticipated cuts in payments with positive, inflation-based updates for at least the next two years while innovative models are developed and implemented
- Waive the 4% PAYGO sequester necessitated by passage of legislation unrelated to Medicare
- Extend the MIPS $500 million annual pool for exceptional performance
- Pass the Value in Health Care Act (H.R. 4587)
Last year a 9.75% cut loomed for 2022. Physician advocates from across the country made their voices heard, and with ISMS support, the AMA was able to successfully work with Congress on legislation that delayed the payment cuts.
With only a handful of legislative days left this year, now is the time to build on that momentum!
What is most needed, however, is for Congress to address this “annual tradition” of devastating Medicare cuts once and for all. ISMS recently endorsed AMA’s set of principles to guide advocacy efforts on Medicare physician payment reform.
In the meantime, we must protect Medicare patients right now!
Contact your U.S. Senators and U.S. Representative and urge them to cancel the Medicare cuts!
If you have questions, please contact the ISMS Health Policy Research and Advocacy team by email.