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ACS Cautions Congress Against Payment Cuts

Congress threatens Medicare reimbursement cuts to pay for year-end legislation

WASHINGTON, DC (December 7, 2017): The American College of Surgeons (ACS) is cautioning Congress against paying for tax reform and federal government funding legislation through cuts in Medicare that could threaten patient access to quality care. While Congress has promised to override the 4 percent sequestration payment cut that would be triggered by the tax legislation being considered, lawmakers must pass a separate measure to do so. Even if Congress stopped the 4 percent cut, lawmakers still could extend a 2 percent sequestration cut to offset the costs of extending the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Congress also has proposed additional cuts to Medicare physician payments in order to offset provisions in legislation being considered to fund the federal government.

“The College has serious concerns about the cumulative effect of further cuts to physicians through Medicare, especially at a time in which physicians have just begun participation in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System,” said David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, ACS Executive Director. “As Congress works to finalize offsets for legislation in 2017, the College encourages members of Congress to consider the impact that sequestration and other Medicare payment cuts will have on our health care system and providers.”

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The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational organization of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and improve the quality of care for all surgical patients. The College is dedicated to the ethical and competent practice of surgery. Its achievements have significantly influenced the course of scientific surgery in America and have established it as an important advocate for all surgical patients. The College has more than 80,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world. For more information, visit www.facs.org.