Washington E-Newsletter

Neurosurgery Urges Congress to Hold Hearings on Medicare Physician Payment Reform

On Jan. 23, the AANS and the CNS joined more than 100 national medical associations urging Congress to hold Congressional hearings and work with all stakeholders to explore long-term payment solutions to reform the Medicare physician payment system. The letter points out that Medicare physician payments have declined by 22% over the past 20 years, given that the Medicare fee schedule lacks an annual inflationary update.

The absence of an annual inflationary update, combined with statutory budget neutrality requirements, results in ongoing cuts to neurosurgical payments.

Click here to read the letter.