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Legislative and Regulatory Updates

Two Minutes Is All It Takes: Tell Congress "Don't Cut My Pay by 9 Percent!"

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed a rule that will devastate surgeons across America by reducing payments for nearly all surgical specialties. Starting January 1, 2021, the proposed CMS rule will slash Medicare payments to surgeons by up to 9 percent, jeopardizing patient access to surgical care in the middle of a pandemic.

To stop these cuts and preserve care for patients, Congress needs to act. The truth is, the best person to get them to act is YOU.

It only takes two minutes to go to SurgeonsVoice and ask your representative to stop the cuts! If you've already contacted Congress, do it again. Your efforts make a difference!

Act now!

New Survey: CMS Cuts Will Harm Patients by Reducing Access to Surgical Care

A new survey of more than 1,000 surgeons across the country shows proposed Medicare payment cuts could result in nearly one in three surgeons reducing their Medicare patient intake, worsening this vulnerable population's access to surgical care. The cuts, proposed by CMS for calendar year 2021, will reduce surgeon payments by up to 9 percent for some specialties. They are set to take effect January 1, 2021.

"These CMS cuts will be devastating to patients across the country, and this survey illustrates the tough choices that all surgeons will be forced to make," said Valerie Rusch, MD, FACS, ACS President. "In order to ensure that Medicare patients continue to have the best access to the best care—when they need it and where they need it—Congress needs to stop these cuts from taking effect."

The survey, conducted by the ACS, a founding member of the Surgical Care Coalition, revealed that the cuts will force surgeons to take any number of actions that will have a negative impact on their patients. One in five surgeons say they may need to stop performing certain procedures, including procedures that are especially complex or risky. This disruption in surgical care will come after patients have already faced delayed care because of COVID-19.

Read more about this survey in the Bulletin Advocacy Brief, and contact your congressional representative or senators today.