Oct 15, 2020
FOR ACTION: Stop Medicare payment cuts and expand telehealth
Without Congressional intervention, GI reimbursement will be cut by an estimated 5 percent beginning Jan. 1, 2021. The cuts, proposed in the 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, are the result of Medicare’s requirement to remain budget neutral in reimbursements to physicians.
TAKE ACTION (2 MINUTES): Urge your lawmakers to prevent cuts to specialty care by waiving budget neutrality for 2021.
ACG, AGA and ASGE are united in fighting cuts that will reduce Medicare patients’ access to specialty care, limit video visits and decrease payment for telephone evaluation and management (E/M) services. Many GI procedures are scheduled to be cut by an estimated 10 percent.
· The GI societies urged CMS Administrator Seema Verma to waive budget-neutrality rules and support policies that increase access to Medicare telehealth/telephone services.
· We cannot count on CMS to stop or mitigate cuts to physician payments. So we need Congress to intervene today to ensure Medicare patients continue to have access to quality specialty care.
It’s time for the GI community to make our voices heard!
Log onto our advocacy system to contact your lawmakers today.
Thank you for your time. Please contact your GI Society with any questions: