CHICAGO — Led by the American Medical Association (AMA), 120 state medical societies and medical specialties announced their support today for a House bill to reform the outdated Medicare payment system.
When adjusted for inflation, physician payments have declined (PDF) 26% from 2001 to 2023, capped off most recently by a 2% payment reduction in 2023. Increasingly thin operating margins disproportionately affect small, independent, and rural physician practices, as well as those treating low-income or other historically minoritized or marginalized patient communities.
Read the entire letter here (PDF).
Medicare reform is a central plank in the AMA Recovery Plan for America’s Physicians.
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