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Legislative and Regulatory Updates

March 1, 2022

ACS Joins Nearly 100 Organizations in Calling for Congressional Action to Fix Medicare Payment System

Last week, the ACS joined a coalition of nearly 100 organizations representing physicians and non- physician healthcare professionals in urging key congressional committees to convene formal proceedings, such as hearings, roundtables, or expert panels, to discuss Medicare payment system reform. The letter highlights appreciation for recent congressional intervention to prevent significant Medicare payment cuts. In addition, it outlines ongoing challenges with the implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) and recognizes the systemic issues associated with the budget-neutrality requirements of the Medicare physician fee schedule.

The ACS is committed to working with Congress on identifying and developing improvements to MACRA as well as policies that would bring long-term stability to the Medicare payment system.

For more information, contact Carrie Zlatos, ACS Senior Health Policy Advisor, at czlatos@facs.org.

Engage in ACS Advocacy Efforts at the 2022 Leadership & Advocacy Summit

Several opportunities to engage with the ACS Division of Advocacy and Health Policy (DAHP) will be offered at the annual Leadership & Advocacy Summit, April 2–5. On Monday, April 4, virtual and in-person attendees will hear from panelists covering a range of topics, such as Medicare physician payment, the development of a national trauma system, and health equity in surgery.

In addition to hearing from health policy experts, on Tuesday, April 5, US/domestic participants may participate in virtual meetings with members of Congress. Advocacy Summit attendees participating in the congressional visits will be required to review current legislative “asks” and attend advocacy training before their meetings.

For those attending in-person, plan to visit the ACS DAHP booths, which will be staffed on Sunday, April 3–Monday, April 4, during the Advocacy Summit. Staff will be available to discuss legislative, regulatory, quality, and state affairs priorities, including how to elevate engagement in advocacy via SurgeonsVoice and the ACS Professional Association political action committee (ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC).

Read more about the College’s federal legislative priorities. To learn more about and/or register for Leadership & Advocacy Summit, visit the Summit website.

SurgeonsPAC Presence at the COT Annual Meeting and Centennial Celebration

To further educate attendees and serve as a resource to its members, the ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC, will be onsite at the Committee on Trauma (COT) 100th Annual Meeting and Advanced Trauma Life Support

In between sessions, meeting attendees are encouraged to visit the SurgeonsPAC booth to learn more about ACS political efforts, including the key role PACs play in building relationships with elected officials and in elevating important surgical advocacy priorities. Eligible members also will have an opportunity to contribute and attend a networking event sponsored by the PAC. Informational booth hours (local/Seattle time) are as follows:

  • Wednesday, March 9, 8:00 am–5:00 pm
  • Thursday, March 10, 8:00 am–5:00 pm
  • Friday, March 11, 8:00 am–5:00 pm

If you have any questions about the PAC booth or event, contact ACS DAHP staff at ahp@facs.org or 202-337-2701.

Contributions to ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes. Contributions are voluntary, and all members of ACSPA have the right to refuse to contribute without reprisal. Federal law prohibits ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC from accepting contributions from foreign nations. By law, if your contributions are made using a personal check or credit card, ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC may only use your contribution to support candidates in federal elections. All corporate contributions to ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC will be used for educational and administrative fees of ACSPA and other activities permissible under federal law. Federal law requires ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC to use its best efforts to collect and report the name, mailing address, occupation, and the name of the employer of individuals whose contributions exceed $200 in a calendar year. ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC is a program of the ACSPA, which is exempt from federal income tax under section 501c(6) of the Internal Revenue Code.