Medical Societies Unite to Urge Extension of Medicare Sequester Moratorium

To help alleviate the unrelenting fiscal demands of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ACC urged congressional leaders to pass the Medicare Sequester COVID Moratorium Act, which would extend the congressionally enacted moratorium on Medicare sequester cuts through the duration of the public health emergency.

With the March 31 deadline looming, the ACC joined forces with over 100 other medical specialty societies to urge the importance of Congress taking immediate steps to further postpone the imposition of the Medicare sequester.

"Even with the encouraging development and deployment of an effective vaccine, the fact remains that physician practices will continue to face overwhelming financial challenges and pressures associated with higher overhead costs (e.g., personal protective equipment) and lost revenue due to fewer patient visits and delayed elective procedures)," the Feb. 12 letter says. Read the full letter.

Ensuring practice stability and patient access to their health care team are top priorities for ACC Advocacy. Read about the College's wins in fighting the impacts of COVID-19 on the health care system in 2020 here, and learn more about ACC's health policy principles here.

Keywords: ACC Advocacy, Coronavirus, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, COVID-19, Medicare, Personal Protective Equipment

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