The AAMC signed a Jan. 23 letter with other physician and health care organizations, including the American Medical Association, that requested Congress explore reforms to the Medicare physician payment system. The letter specifically asked that Congress “hold Congressional hearings and work with all stakeholders to explore long-term payment solutions.”
The letter, which was sent to all members of the House and Senate, recognized Congress’ action to mitigate some of the financial challenges caused by cuts to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. It noted, however, that these piecemeal solutions create an environment where physician payments continue to decline even as the costs of delivering care continue to rise.
“We again ask Congress to work with us on long-term, substantive payment reforms and urge Congressional hearings as soon as possible to begin exploring potential payment solutions to ensure America’s seniors continue to receive access to the high-quality care they deserve,” the letter concluded.