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.”