Legislative Updates

 

MGMA's Government Affairs staff analyzes the latest healthcare legislation and regulation to keep you informed and advocate on your behalf. Find the latest news and current advocacy efforts on the various issues by clicking here.


Tell Congress to support medical groups in year-end legislation!

As Congress continues to negotiate an end-of-year legislative package, it is essential for lawmakers to hear from medical group practices on two issues that could impact the financial viability of your organization. Help #MGMAAdvocacy by sending your congressional representatives letters urging them to:

Prevent Medicare cuts: Due to budget neutrality requirements, the finalized payment increases to office/outpatient E/M services and other payment policies will result in a 10.2% reduction to the 2021 Medicare physician fee schedule conversion factor. While MGMA is supportive of streamlined documentation policies and payment increases to office visits, we strongly oppose the resulting payment cuts to many specialties. Urge Congress to pass legislation that would prevent Medicare reimbursement cuts before they begin.

Suspend Medicare sequestration: The CARES Act, signed into law in March, offered much-needed relief to medical groups by placing a temporary moratorium on the 2% Medicare sequestration cut. Unfortunately, the Medicare sequestration cuts are scheduled to return Jan. 1, 2021. Urge Congress to pass legislation before the end of the year to delay reinstatement of the MGMA-opposed sequestration cuts until the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency.


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