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  • Press Release

    AAMC Statement on Proposed Legislation to Address Medicare Provider Cuts

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    Stuart Heiser, Senior 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.”

    The AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) is a nonprofit association dedicated to improving the health of people everywhere through medical education, health care, medical research, and community collaborations. Its members are all 158 U.S. medical schools accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education; 13 accredited Canadian medical schools; approximately 400 academic health systems and teaching hospitals, 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, academic health systems and teaching hospitals, and the millions of individuals across academic medicine, including more than 193,000 full-time faculty members, 96,000 medical students, 153,000 resident physicians, and 60,000 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in the biomedical sciences. Following a 2022 merger, the Alliance of Academic Health Centers and the Alliance of Academic Health Centers International broadened participation in the AAMC by U.S. and international academic health centers.