Interventional cardiologists will see immediate and significant cuts to reimbursement payments from Medicare due to a variety of federal policies beginning January 1, 2022.
A comprehensive overview of these and other important policy changes are contained in the latest Physician Fee Schedule (PFS), Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment Systems (OPPS), and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) final rules published by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and available here.
Because only Congress can reverse these cuts SCAI has created a multi-pronged strategy designed to persuade policymakers to stop these cuts before they cause harm to Medicare patients and clinicians.
What can you do?
SCAI members are urged to contact their Members of Congress and ask them to support each of the following legislative grassroots campaigns that directly address these harmful cuts:
The 4% Medicare sequester cut (PAYGO ACT) scheduled to be implemented in 2022 ($36B)
Representatives Ami Bera, MD (D-CA) and Larry Bucshon, MD (R-LA) introduced the Supporting Medicare Providers Act of 2021, H.R. 6020, bipartisan legislation to extend the 3.75% update to the conversion factor for an additional year.
Representatives Bobby Rush (D-IL) and Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) introduced the Medicare Stability for Patients and Providers Act, H.R. 6048, a bill to reverse the CMS' proposed clinical labor PFS updates that are scheduled to cut some services upwards of 20% next year ($3.5B) (insert link). Contact your member of Congress and urge them to cosponsor H.R. 6048.
Members of Congress value these contacts and consider the number of individual constituents that take the time to reach out to their offices on matters of legislative importance. SCAI is engaged in a number of activities including working in coalition with several like-minded physician and health care provider groups as well as making individual contact with Members of Congress, their staff, committees of jurisdiction, and the White House.
What is SCAI doing?
SCAI’s government relations team is in constant contact with policymakers on Capitol Hill, CMS, and the White House and works collaboratively in coalition with several physician and health care provider groups that championed the following:
- Medicare Coalition Payment Stability Letter
- Rush-Bilirakis letter campaign
- United Specialists for Patient Access: Coalition Letter (16 signers)
- SVS Coalition letter (13 signers)
- EM Coalition Letter (247 signers)
- CardioVascular Coalition
SCAI will continue to fight these damaging Medicare cuts and update members of SCAI on an ongoing basis.
To receive text messages about SCAI’s Government Relations activities, including grassroots messages to your Congressional Representatives, text “SCAI Advocacy” to 50457.
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