January 23, 2024
Last week, the ACS joined American Medical Association, other national medical organizations, and state medical societies in sending a letter to House and Senate leadership urging Congress to quickly pass legislation stopping the 3.37% Medicare payment cut that went into effect on January 1, 2024.
Congress failed to address this issue at the end of 2023 in the short-term continuing resolution that funded the government until January 19, 2024. Because Congress could not come to an agreement on a longer-term funding package by the January deadline, the House and Senate passed another short-term package that will fund the government until early March.
Over the past 4 years, surgeons have faced a nearly 10% reduction in Medicare reimbursement compounded by rising practice costs. The ACS continues urging key congressional leaders to stop these harmful cuts and consider long-term Medicare physician payment reforms to fix the broken system.