From time to time on Neurosurgery Blog, you will see us cross-posting to items published elsewhere that we believe will interest our readers. Today’s post originally appeared in The Hill on Oct. 17. In the op-ed, Reps. Larry Bucshon, MD, (R-Ind.), Ami Bera, MD, (D-Calif.), Raul Ruiz, MD, (D-Calif.), and Mariannette Miller-Meeks, MD, (R-Iowa) state that the Medicare payment system fails to reimburse physicians adequately for the critical services they provide. Unlike other providers, the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) does not have an automatic inflationary update and physician payments declined by 26 percent from 2001 to 2023 when adjusted for inflation.
To address this flaw, Reps. Bucshon, Bera, Ruiz and Miller-Meeks introduced the Strengthening Medicare for Patients and Providers Act (H.R. 2474) to modernize the Medicare physician payment system while protecting patients’ timely access to care. This bill would apply a permanent, inflation-based update to the MPFS.
Click here to read the full op-ed and here to contact Congress and urge your representatives to co-sponsor H.R. 2474. Additional information and resources are available at the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Fix Medicare Now website.
The American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) endorse H.R. 2474. The AANS and the CNS also joined several coalition letters endorsing the bill, including the AMA, Alliance of Specialty Medicine and a coalition of more than one million physician and allied health professional groups.
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