Released on Dec 10, 2021

Medicare Physician Payment Cuts Averted for 2022

The House and Senate have passed the Protecting Medicare and American Farmers from Sequester Cuts Act (S. 610) which will prevent drastic cuts to Medicare physician payments next year. The legislation now heads to the President’s desk.

Specifically, the legislation:

  • Provides a 3 percent across-the-board positive adjustment to Medicare physician payments.
  • Continues the moratorium of the 2 percent Medicare sequester through March 31, 2022. For April 1-June 30, sequestration is 1 percent. The 2 percent sequestration resumes for the second half of 2022.
  • Prevents an added 4 percent Medicare sequester next year.  

Thank you to ASGE members who mobilized around this issue and sent letters to their members of Congress. ASGE extends a special thank you to members of its Health and Public Policy Committee, as well as ASGE leaders, who participated in more than 60 virtual meetings throughout the year with congressional offices, sharing the impact these cuts would have on physician practices and patient access to GI care. 

ASGE will shift its advocacy efforts in 2022 to Medicare physician payment reform with a focus on three overriding problems with the current payment system: budget neutrality, payment updates that have fallen behind medical inflation and the Quality Payment Program. 

 


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Gastrointestinal endoscopic procedures allow the gastroenterologist to visually inspect the upper gastrointestinal tract (esophagus, stomach and duodenum) and the lower bowel (colon and rectum) through an endoscope, a thin, flexible device with a lighted end and a powerful lens system. Endoscopy has been a major advance in the treatment of gastrointestinal diseases. For example, the use of endoscopes allows the detection of ulcers, cancers, polyps and sites of internal bleeding. Through endoscopy, tissue samples (biopsies) may be obtained, areas of blockage can be opened and active bleeding can be stopped. Polyps in the colon can be removed, which has been shown to prevent colon cancer.

About the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Since its founding in 1941, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) has been dedicated to advancing patient care and digestive health by promoting excellence and innovation in gastrointestinal endoscopy. ASGE, with almost 15,000 members worldwide, promotes the highest standards for endoscopic training and practice, fosters endoscopic research, recognizes distinguished contributions to endoscopy, and is the foremost resource for endoscopic education. Visit Asge.org and ValueOfColonoscopy.org for more information and to find a qualified doctor in your area.

 

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