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Companion Legislation to Prevent Medicare Payment Cuts from Taking Effect Introduced in U.S. Senate

December 21, 2020 9:26 AM | Jim Ireland

U.S. Senators John Boozman (R-AR), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Tom Cotton (R-AR), and Susan Collins (R-ME) on December 10 introduced the Holding Providers Harmless from Medicare Cuts During COVID-19 Act of 2020 (S.5007) in the U.S. Senate. A version of the bill (H.R. 8702) was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this year. The legislation would provide a critical lifeline for two years to specialties facing drastic Medicare payment cuts on January 1, 2021.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services calendar year 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule affirmed new policy changes that are detrimental to surgeons and surgical patients. Starting in the new year, CMS plans to increase the payment levels for stand-alone office and outpatient E/M codes, which will result in payment cuts to specialty medicine due to statutory requirements for budget neutrality under the MPFS. H.R. 8702/S. 5007 would provide a payment adjustment to surgeons and other medical specialties, ensuring surgeons will not see payment cuts next year.

Visit SurgeonsVoice to take action to urge your Member of Congress to cosponsor H.R. 8702/S. 5007!

For more information on legislative action related to the Medicare payment cuts, contact Carrie Zlatos, ACS Senior Congressional Lobbyist, at czlatos@facs.org.


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