Senate Passes Legislation to Halt Medicare Physician Payment Cuts

After months of intense lobbying by the American Medical Association, Arkansas Medical Society, other state medical societies, and national medical specialties, a bi-partisan agreement has been reached by Congress to halt Medicare physician payment cuts that were scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2022. President Biden is expected to sign the bill into law.

Highlights of the physician payment provisions include: 

 Additionally, the bill will erase the 4% Medicare PAY-GO cut and prevent any additional PAY-GO cuts through 2022. 

The AMA released the following statement on the Senate’s vote to avert looming Medicare cuts to providers.