American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

Keep Physicians Serving Patients

The ACS supports the Keep Physicians Serving Patients Act, which would improve the way geographic cost indices (GPCIs) are calculated to better support rural surgeons. Currently, GPCIs are calculated using inaccurate and outdated numbers that underestimate the cost of practicing in non-urban areas. This legislation improves that calculation and establishes a set minimum based on specific regions. This will ensure physicians are appropriately reimbursed for the care they provide as well as help to incentivize new talent to practice in rural settings.

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