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Delay to 2023 MPFS payment cuts introduced in Congress

US Representatives Larry Bucshon, M.D. (R-Ind.) and Ami Bera, M.D, (D-Calif.) have introduced legislation to forestall some of the payment reductions that are imminent as a result of the CY 2023 final Medicare Physician Fee Schedule rule. In this year's rule, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have imposed a reimbursement cut for physician services of 4.42 percent. 

Reps. Bucshon and Bera have introduced the Supporting Medicare Providers Act of 2022 (H.R. 8800) to delay the proposed cuts for one year. They believe the delay would signal Congress’s commitment to a long-term policy solution. 

The Congressmen believe, "Not only do doctors deserve to be paid fairly for the cost of the care they provide; patients deserve the consistency and predictability of reliable health care services. For that to be possible, we must work to ensure that all physician practices are able to operate in a financially sustainable manner."

Before Bucshon and Bera were in Congress, each was a practicing physician. Kudos to them for introducing this legislation.

We were both physicians before we joined Congress and are acutely aware of how Medicare cuts like this can wreak major havoc on doctors and their practices. With the deadline to act rapidly approaching, lawmakers must join us to do everything we can to provide stability to this vital sector. We know we can count on our colleagues from across the political spectrum to help support seniors’ continued access to care.

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health care & life sciences, medicare, reimbursement

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