With only a few weeks left in the year, more than 100 healthcare organizations and advocacy groups are urging Congress to prevent cuts in Medicare payments.
Congress is looking at a Jan. 1 deadline to avert the planned reductions. The American Medical Association, scores of healthcare groups and medical societies in all 50 states sent a letter to Congressional leaders urging them to block the cuts.
In November, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services approved the 2023 Medicare physician fee schedule, which finalized a 4.5% reduction in Medicare payment rates for doctors.
“We cannot overstate the importance of Congress stopping the entirety of the upcoming 4.5% reduction,” the letter states. “Anything less will result in an across-the-board cut that will further exacerbate the significant financial hardship clinicians are already facing and undermine Medicare’s ability to deliver on its promises to seniors and future generations.”