Representatives Ami Bera, M.D. (D-CA) and Larry Bucshon, M.D. (R-IN) recently introduced bipartisan legislation to provide critical relief to interventional cardiologists and other physicians responding to the COVID-19 pandemic who are currently scheduled to receive Medicare payment cuts next year.
The Supporting Medicare Providers Act of 2021 (H.R. 6020) would extend the 2021 Medicare physician payment adjustment of 3.75% for an additional year.
Beginning on January 1, 2022, many interventional cardiologists, physician specialists, therapists, and others will be faced with substantial reimbursement cuts – up to 9 percent for many health care providers, if Congress does not act now.
Congress needs to create stability in the health care system by stopping the immediate payment cuts to surgeons and other health care professionals while considering longer-term reforms to the payment system.
Without action, the irresponsible cuts, set to take effect soon, will jeopardize patient access to medically necessary services.
What You Can Do
Contact your Member of Congress and urge them to cosponsor Supporting Medicare Providers Act of 2021 (H.R. 6020). 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.
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