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Urge Congress to support positive payment update for physicians

Friday, November 22, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Chet Seward
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CSEPS is engaged in fighting a scheduled six-year pay freeze that is set to go into effect on January 1, 2020. Please join us in urging Congress to support a positive payment update for physicians.


Urge Your Elected Representatives to Support a Positive Payment Update for Physicians


The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) provided for modest payment increases for the first five years of the new law. But even with these increases, payment rates still have not kept up with inflation. The cost of running a medical practice increased 32 percent between 2001 and 2018, or 1.7 percent per year far outpacing the 0.4 percent on average increase in Medicare physician pay over the last decade and a half. By contrast, other Medicare providers such as hospitals and skilled nursing facilities have seen their pay increased by 50 percent or more over the same time period.

Under MACRA, physicians will receive zero percent payment updates for years 2020-2025. CSEPS, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Medical Association and other physician organizations have launched a campaign to stop the six-year freeze on physicians' annual pay increase, which begins in January 2020. To stop this pay freeze, Congress must be convinced to act via changes to MACRA, a challenging process that could cost billions of dollars. If Congress doesn’t act, many physicians who see Medicare patients will be negatively affected. Use the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s online advocacy tool to tell your federal lawmaker to join the effort.

Contact Dash Delan, the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s grassroots coordinator, with questions or concerns.