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House Members Introduce Legislation to Support Rural Surgeons

This week, Reps. Abby Finkenauer (D-IA), Adrian Smith (R-NE), Ron Kind (D-WI), and Darrin LaHood (R-IL) introduced H.R. 3302, the Keep Physicians Serving Patients Act of 2019. This legislation would address the fact that geographic practice cost indices (GPCIs) currently are calculated using inaccurate and outdated numbers that underestimate the cost of practicing in non-urban areas. More specifically, the Keep Physicians Serving Patients Act would establish a set minimum based on specific regions, which would ensure physicians are reimbursed appropriately for the care they provide, as well as help to incentivize new talent to practice in rural settings. Rep. Finkenauer announced the introduction of the bipartisan bill at UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, IA.

Read the press release from the event and the College’s letter of support. For more information, contact Hannah Chargin, ACS Congressional Lobbyist, at hchargin@facs.org.