The American Medical Association achieved a significant victory following months of fierce advocacy. Congress acted to address the combined 9.75% in Medicare physician payment cuts, which amounted to a physician payment cliff and were set to take effect Jan. 1, 2022.

The wheels of Congress don’t always move quickly, but with our persistence, they moved toward preserving the viability of physician practices and maintaining access to care. Here’s the action AMA took on your behalf:

We celebrate a win now, and we know our work will continue, fighting tirelessly against future cuts—and against all barriers to patient care. No matter what lies ahead, the AMA is your powerful ally.

Despite preventing the Jan. 1, 2022, cuts to Medicare physician payment, the AMA is deeply alarmed about the growing financial instability of the Medicare physician payment system due to a confluence of fiscal uncertainties physician practices face related to the ongoing pandemic, statutory payment cuts, lack of inflationary updates and significant administrative burdens.

The evidence in the charts below is clear: The Medicare payment system is on an unsustainable path threatening patient access to physicians.

Medicare: Inflation chart
Medicare: Spending per enrollee
Medicare Economic Index chart

Senior Vice President of Advocacy Todd Askew discusses new legislation that averts a Medicare payment crisis in the latest AMA Moving Medicine video.

AMA resources and news coverage

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