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Urge Congress to Stop Cuts that Threaten Seniors' Access to Surgical Care

On January 1, 2021, payment policies included in the calendar year 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule will be implemented. Even though otolaryngologists are predicted to receive an overall 7% increase, the final rule also includes a 10.2% cut to procedures resulting from budget neutrality requirements. Physicians continue to face extensive challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Introducing these cuts in the middle of a public health emergency is unacceptable. They will threaten patient access to surgical care and place an additional undue burden on healthcare providers.

As the Legislative Session winds down for the year, we have limited time to urge Congress to pass legislation to stop these potentially devastating cuts and ensure our specialty’s voice is heard. Please contact Congress and ask your Representative to cosponsor H.R. 8702, “the Holding Providers Harmless From Medicare Cuts During COVID-19 Act of 2020” and encourage the Senate to advance similar legislation.