Fight CMS Cuts
ACS Needs Your Help to Fight CMS Payment Cuts
Scheduled for January 1, 2021
Finalized policies from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will result in substantial cuts to physician payment for most surgical services delivered to Medicare patients beginning in January of 2021. If implemented, these policies could also destabilize health system financing and drastically diminish the opportunity for hospital and physician offices to recover financially from COVID-19.
As a result, the ACS and other surgical associations have urged Congress to intervene and introduce legislation that would waive budget neutrality, effectively preventing the cuts.
To help supplement ACS advocacy efforts and publicly respond to this critical issue with a united voice, the ACS created the Surgical Care Coalition.
We Need Your Help!
The ACS will continue to aggressively push Congress, but only strength in numbers from surgeon advocates at-large will help elected officials understand the importance and time sensitivity of this issue. Click HERE to contact Congress to help ensure that lawmakers understand the impact that these drastic cuts will have on physician payment for surgical services provided to Medicare patients.
As a surgeon, you have the ability to take immediate action to protect your patients, your colleagues, and your profession.
The Importance of the SurgeonsPAC
It is also important to note that SurgeonsPAC is a vital resource in our advocacy toolbox, as relationships are critical to advancing ACS surgical advocacy priorities. Since March 16, the DAHP federal lobbying team has participated in over 100 virtual meetings or events with elected officials. These opportunities have allowed DAHP staff to express ACS concerns regarding physician payment cuts, the economic impact of COVID-19 on physicians and practices across the country, and other critical federal legislative initiatives.
SurgeonsPAC is poised to make an impact in the 2020 election cycle. The SurgeonsPAC Board of Directors and staff continue to evaluate viable congressional races across the country, particularly health professionals who could become future champions for surgery.