Urge Your U.S. Senators to Take Action to Halt Impending Medicare Cuts
Negotiations continue in Congress on how to address the impending Medicare cuts that many physicians will face in 2021. Emergency physicians will face a 6% cut unless Congress acts.
Although you may have already contacted your U.S. House member on this issue, your two U.S. Senators need to hear from you now about the importance of halting the cuts and the impact they would have on access for patients to emergency care.
As Congress develops a year-end spending package, we are asking legislators to hold physicians harmless from any reductions that would be less than what they were reimbursed in 2020, while keeping in place the scheduled pay increases for primary care.
For physicians who do receive a cut, ACEP supports efforts to authorize a temporary additional payment for 2021 and 2022 equal to the amount lost.
Please urge your U.S. Senators to take action that will ensure that any year-end legislation includes language to halt these harmful cuts.
It is critical that legislators hear from emergency physicians just how devastating these cuts could be for access to emergency care for patients across the country, but importantly, that their help is desperately needed before year end.