Tell Congress to provide relief for office-based specialists in the upcoming omnibus appropriations legislation.
USPA is asking providers to tell their members of Congress to stop 20% cuts directed by CMS in the upcoming omnibus appropriations legislation.
While Congress passed legislation in December of 2021 to provide one-year of relief from most of the 3.75% cut to the conversion factor scheduled to take place on January 1, 2022, cuts of more than 20% for office-based specialists under the 2022 Physician Fee Schedule were left unaddressed.
These “clinical labor” cuts are the most significant negative impact of the 2022 Physician Fee Schedule by far and threaten to undermine efforts to address health inequity, accelerate health system consolidation, and weaken our ability to deal with the pandemic.
If not addressed, these painful cuts will force the closure of specialists providing services to cancer patients, dialysis patients, limb salvage patients, women seeking fibroid embolization and many others. Each of these conditions disproportionately impact minority patients and the closure of these office-based specialty centers will exacerbate health equity, accelerate health system consolidation, reduce Medicare beneficiary access, increase Medicare program costs and beneficiary copays, and hasten the insolvency of the Medicare Part A Trust Fund.
Recently, there was a bipartisan letter signed by 63 House members asking Congressional leadership to take action. Click here to view the letter.