Statement attributable to:
Susan R. Bailey, MD
President, American Medical Association

“The Biden administration acted promptly in updating the Medicare payment rate for COVID-19 vaccine administration. The updated rate reflects new information about the costs involved in administering the vaccine for different types of providers and suppliers, and the additional resources necessary to ensure the vaccine is administered safely and appropriately.”

"The American Medical Association and the AMA/Specialty Society RVS Update Committee (RUC) met early with the Biden transition team, Congress, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and advocated for an increase payment for the administration of these life-saving vaccines for Medicare patients, while ensuring there were no out-of-pocket costs for patients. The additional resources will increase the number of clinicians who can administer the vaccine.”

“This has been a trying time for physician practices, and we thank the administration for acknowledging the challenges of practicing medicine during a pandemic.”

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