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Cross-Post: Medicare cuts ensure disaster to doctor-patient relationship

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On the Neurosurgery Blog, you will see us cross-posting or linking to items from other places when we believe they may interest our readers. In case you missed it, we wanted to bring attention to a recent op-ed by Reps. Greg Murphy, MD, (R-N.C.), Brad Wenstrup, DPM, (R-Ohio) and Michael Burgess, MD, (R-Texas) in Washington Times titled, “Medicare cuts ensure disaster to doctor-patient relationship.” On Jan. 1, 2024, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services cut payments to physicians by nearly 3.4% for services rendered to Medicare patients, which will cripple independent physicians and rural health care providers across the country.

Reps. Murphy, Wenstrup and Burgess, members of the GOP Doctors Caucus, are greatly troubled by another round of payment cuts to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, “It is our goal to navigate the ever-increasing challenges facing those who try to provide care for Medicare recipients.” In anticipation of this rule, the GOP Doctors Caucus introduced legislation seeking to reform the physician fee schedule, prevent extreme fluctuations in future reimbursement and update how costs are determined.

Efforts continue to press Congress to halt these cuts as soon as possible.

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