From Neurosurgery Blog, November, 2022:
The American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) are actively engaged in preventing steep Medicare payment cuts and preserving patient access to care through the Surgical Care Coalition. This group was founded due to the fact that the Medicare physician payment system is on an unsustainable path. For years, it hasn’t adjusted for inflation, leaving patient access to care in jeopardy. The coalition is now three years into its mission of putting an end to these cuts and overhauling the physician payment and quality improvement systems. These are changes that will endure and improve patient care.
On Jan. 1, 2023, neurosurgeons face a minimum 8.5% Medicare payment cut, including a nearly 4.5% cut for all Medicare Physician Fee Schedule services and a 4% Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act cut, triggered due to new federal spending. After successfully protecting patients’ timely access to quality surgical care in 2020 and 2021 by securing Congressional action to mitigate proposed cuts to Medicare, the coalition is fighting against similar cuts proposed for 2023. The AANS and the CNS are also working with Congress on long-term solutions to fix these broken systems. To that end, we submitted detailed comments in response to a Congressional request for information.
The people who the proposed cuts will most impact are our patients. Every day, neurosurgeons take care of some of the sickest patients who face painful and life-threatening neurologic conditions. Alexander A. Khalessi, MD, FAANS, John K. Ratliff, MD, FAANS and Maya A. Babu, MD, FAANS, share their experiences as neurosurgeons and how the cuts will impact neurosurgical practices and their patients. The videos are available with the original article. Please click the button below to view the videos.