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Urgent Survey: CMA needs your help to advocate for better Medicare payments

Since 2001, inflation has increased by 40%, yet physician Medicare fee-for-service payments have only increased by 7% - and that was largely due to the federal COVID-19 pandemic funding. Nationally, today’s Medicare payments on average, lag 40% behind the cost of providing care. The California Medical Association (CMA) is hearing that physicians are struggling to maintain their practices, which is negatively impacting patient access to care.

While hospital and nursing home payments are indexed to inflation (and as a result have increased by 60% since 2001), the broken physician payment system has burdened physicians with an uphill fight just to stop statutory and budget neutrality payment cuts year after year. The 2023 Medicare payment cuts are projected to be 8.5%. For this reason, CMA and the American Medical Association (AMA) are launching a major advocacy campaign in Congress to reform the Medicare physician payment system by initiating an annual inflation adjustment.

To be more effective in advocacy efforts, CMA needs additional information about the status of your practice and access to care in your community.

Please share your experience by responding to our brief 3-minute survey no later than Tuesday, August 2, 2022. Your feedback will help CMA and AMA better focus our advocacy to support the financial health and viability of physician practices and preserve patient access to care.

Click here to take the survey by August 2.

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