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Neurosurgery Blog Features Article on Medicare Physician Payment System

On Oct. 25, the Neurosurgery Blog cross-posted a recent publication in The Hill by Reps. Larry Bucshon, MD, (R-Ind.); Ami Bera, MD, (D-Calif.); Raul Ruiz, MD, (D-Calif.) and Mariannette Miller-Meeks, MD, (R-Iowa). Titled “Fix the broken Medicare physician payment system that threatens patient access,” the op-ed states that the Medicare payment system fails to reimburse physicians adequately for the critical services they provide. Unlike other providers, the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule does not have an automatic inflationary update, and physician payments declined by 26%from 2001 to 2023 when adjusted for inflation.