ACC President Comments on Release of Final Physician Payment Rule

Contact: Stephanie Abraham,, 202-375-6296

Washington, DC – American College of Cardiology (ACC) President, William Zoghbi, MD, made the following statement after the final physician payment rule was released today:
“This year’s final rule cuts payments for important cardiovascular services at a time when many cardiology practices are already vulnerable,” said ACC President William Zoghbi, MD. “Further cuts in reimbursement targeted at physicians only will make health care delivery unsustainable. Furthermore, the ongoing uncertainties about Medicare payments that are a direct result of the SGR formula make it nearly impossible to plan and invest in the future. We hope that CMS and Congress will work together to make sure that quality care can be provided at the right price without unintended consequences.”
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About the American College of Cardiology
The mission of the American College of Cardiology is to transform cardiovascular care and improve heart health. The College is a 40,000-member nonprofit medical society comprised of physicians, surgeons, nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists and practice managers, that bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet its stringent qualifications. The College is a leader in the formulation of health policy, standards and guidelines, and is a staunch supporter of cardiovascular research. The ACC provides professional education and operates national registries for the measurement and improvement of quality care. More information about the association is available online at

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