ASIPP would like to provide an update to our members on the latest efforts to stave off 3.37% Medicare cut to physician reimbursement that will take effect January 1, 2024.
ASIPP has spent the past several months reaching out to congressional offices encouraging them to sign multiple letters that are being circulated by Reps. Miller-Meeks, Bera, Bucshon, and Schrier asking House and Senate leadership to prevent the 3.37% cuts from taking effect.
Currently, over 90 Members of Congress have signed the letter. In addition to this, letters are being sent directly to state representatives through VoterVoice. You can get involved and send your own letters by clicking on these links: Physician Letter, Patient Letter.
ASIPP has been in the forefront of requesting them to permanently increase reimbursements by 3.75% and permanently eliminate 3.37% cuts proposed this year.
In addition, ASIPP has been trying to eliminate the 2% sequester cut for physicians and facilities. You can see the letter to Speaker Johnson, Leader Schumer, Minority Leader Jeffries, and Minority Leader McConnell by clicking here.
On the legislative front, ASIPP has been working with Congresswoman Miller Meeks (R-IA) on her legislation that was introduced on Friday, H.R. 6545. In addition to modifying the budget neutrality requirements at CMS – which, in theory, would allow the agency to fix the reimbursement cut without having to be revenue neutral – it also provides a conversion factor fix to lower the cut from 3.37% to 2.15%. This is consistent with the language that passed the Senate Finance Committee in November.
This bill was included in the House Energy and Commerce Full Committee markup. The bill passed the markup last night, Dec. 6, by a vote of 46 to 0.
We have made great strides, but we have a lot of work ahead of us before the end of the year. We ask that you continue to take an active role by sending your letters and involving your patients in the letter writing campaign. Please take action by clicking on these links: Physician Letter, Patient Letter.
We will continue to update our membership on the progress and status of our efforts.