As you are probably aware, the payments for some procedures performed in ASCs are linked to the physician fee schedule and therefore have been subject to potential payment cuts under the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. For more than a decade, Medicare providers have been subject to the constant threat of substantial payment cuts due to the SGR. Next week, the Senate may consider S. 2110, legislation which would repeal the SGR and replace it with a new payment system.
For the first time, there is bi-partisan, bi-cameral agreement on a new payment system to repeal and replace the SGR once and for all. Now is the time to make your voice heard. Please contact your Senator and ask them to support the Senate Finance Committee’s SGR repeal legislation. Without this legislation, physicians and many ASC procedures face a 24% payment cut in the near future and lack of an agreement could threaten access to care for Medicare patients nationwide.
On a final note – in addition to bringing stability to the Medicare payment system, the legislation also includes important transparency language that would require the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to disclose why they deny procedures from being performed in an ASC setting.
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As published by ASCA’s Steve Miller, Director of Government and Public Affairs Ambulatory Sugery Center Association