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AAOS urges Congress to address Medicare reimbursement, provide stability for physicians

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August 03, 2022

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The American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons has joined more than 100 health care organizations in urging Congress and CMS to mitigate another round of Medicare physician reimbursement cuts, according to a press release.

The AAOS is urging Congress and CMS to take further action on suggested cuts cited in the 2023 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule. The AAOS said the proposed cuts, which would decrease the Medicare conversion factor by approximately 4.5%, would jeopardize the financial stability of many health care professionals.



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Felix H. “Buddy” Savoie III

Felix H. “Buddy” Savoie III

“As the leading association of musculoskeletal health care, the AAOS understands that millions of seniors rely on the Medicare program for coverage of their bone and joint needs,” Felix H. “Buddy” Savoie III, MD, FAAOS, president of AAOS, said in the release. “But when that payment system is continuously being devalued and is unsustainable, timely access to these essential health care services is at risk. The AAOS is urging Congress to provide our members with the foundation for necessary long-term payment reform so that we can keep our nation in motion,” Savoie added.

According to the release, the AAOS is reviewing the 2023 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule and will submit formal comments to Congress and CMS ahead of the Sept. 6 deadline.

Read the full letter here.

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