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AAMC Statement on Proposed Legislation to Address Medicare Provider Cuts

December 7, 2021

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MEDIA CONTACTS
Stuart Heiser, Sr. Media Relations Specialist

AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) President and CEO David J. Skorton, MD, and Chief Public Policy Officer Karen Fisher, JD, issued the following statement on the Protecting Medicare and American Farmers from Sequester Cuts Act that was introduced today in the U.S. House of Representatives:

“The AAMC appreciates the efforts of the bipartisan group of congressional leaders to draft legislation that would address the upcoming devastating Medicare cuts to hospitals and providers.

We commend members of Congress for crafting a plan to avoid the 4% statutory cut from the pay-as-you-go (PAYGO) provision, extend the moratorium on the Medicare payment sequester, and mitigate the 3.75% cut in Medicare physician payments in 2022. Alleviating these devastating cuts is crucial to ensuring that the nation’s teaching hospitals and faculty physicians can continue fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, protecting access to care for the patients and communities they serve, and meeting the nation’s health needs.

The AAMC urges the U.S. House and Senate to pass this legislation quickly to maintain the health of patients, families, and communities across the country.”

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The AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) is a nonprofit association dedicated to transforming health through medical education, health care, medical research, and community collaborations. Its members are all 155 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; approximately 400 teaching hospitals and health systems, including Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and more than 70 academic societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC leads and serves America’s medical schools and teaching hospitals and the millions of individuals employed across academic medicine, including more than 186,000 full-time faculty members, 94,000 medical students, 145,000 resident physicians, and 60,000 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in the biomedical sciences.