A bipartisan group of physician-members of Congress recently introduced the Strengthening Medicare for Patients and Providers Act (H.R. 2474), which would help modernize Medicare physician payment by enacting a positive annual update to the conversation factor to account for rising practice costs. The AAFP applauds the introduction of H.R. 2474, and it’s crucial that your representative hears from family physicians like you!
Medicare’s current physician payment system undermines physicians’ ability to provide high quality, comprehensive care – particularly in primary care. Without intervention from Congress, the current Medicare physician payment system will continue to hurt physician practices and undermine patients’ access to care.
The Strengthening Medicare for Patients and Providers Act (H.R. 2474) is bipartisan legislation introduced by Representatives Ami Bera, MD (D-CA), Larry Buschon, MD (R-IN), Raul Ruiz, MD, and Mariannette Miller-Meeks, MD (R-IA) that would provide physicians with an annual inflation-based payment update tied to the Medicare Economic Index (MEI).
Congress must pass this legislation to help modernize Medicare physician payment and strengthen access to care for Medicare beneficiaries.
Ask your representative to cosponsor the Strengthening Medicare for Patients and Providers Act TODAY!