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Advocacy Letter - March 15, 2023

Medicare Payment Policies

March 15, 2023
The Honorable Kevin McCarthy The Honorable Hakeem Jeffries
Speaker Minority Leader
United States House of Representatives United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC 20515
The Honorable Charles Schumer The Honorable Mitch McConnell
Majority Leader Minority Leader
United States Senate United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510 Washington, DC 20510

Dear Speaker McCarthy, Majority Leader Schumer, Minority Leader McConnell, and Minority Leader Jeffries:

On behalf of the American Medical Association (AMA) and the undersigned organizations representing the vast majority of physicians practicing in the United States, we urge Congress to provide physicians with much needed fiscal stability by passing legislation that provides an annual inflation-based payment update based on the full Medicare Economic Index (MEI). This inflation-based update is the principal legislative solution to the ongoing problems plaguing the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MFS).

The undersigned organizations, representing more than 900,000 physicians caring for tens of millions of Medicare beneficiaries, thank Congress for stepping in to ameliorate threats to Medicare physician payment over the last few years triggered by coding changes and the statutory budget neutrality requirement affecting the MFS. Unfortunately, even with these stopgap measures, physicians continue to see their Medicare payments decrease amidst record-setting inflation and rising practice costs, underscoring the need for permanent solutions. We commend Representatives Bera, Bucshon, Schrier, Burgess, Blumenauer, Wenstrup, Schneider, and Miller-Meeks for recognizing this critical need and formally soliciting information on how to stabilize Medicare physician payments late last year.

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