Medicare Physician Payment
Overview of Medicare Physician Payment
On April 16, 2015, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) was signed into law. This law repeals the flawed sustainable growth rate formula that plagued Medicare physician payment for more than a decade and ensures that physicians receive stable and appropriate compensation for the services they provide to Medicare beneficiaries. Now physicians can focus on caring for their patients, and their patients can rest assured that care will not be interrupted.
Medicare beneficiaries comprise one out of four patients in a typical family physician’s practice; for some, elderly and disabled patients constitute six out of 10 of their patients. These individuals depend on their family physicians for preventing illness, treating problems if they do arise, coordinating with other health care team members, and ensuring the right treatment from the right professional at the right time. By passing MACRA, Congress has ensured uninterrupted health access security to their elderly and disabled constituents.
Recent AAFP Communications
AAFP Response to COVID-19 Policy Changes - May 31, 2020(13 page PDF)
AAFP Letters to House(2 page PDF) and Senate(2 page PDF) in Support of Medicare Accelerated and Advance Payments Improvements Act - May 20, 2020
AAFP Letter Calling for Congress to Prioritize Primary Care - May 7, 2020(3 page PDF)
AAFP Letter to HHS on Supporting Primary Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic - May 4, 2020(3 page PDF)
AAFP Executive Summary on The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act - March 30, 2020(5 page PDF)
Joint Communications with Other Organizations
Joint Letter to CMS on 2021 Evaluation and Management Changes - June 30, 2020(2 page PDF)
Joint Letter to Congress on the Provider Relief Fund - June 25, 2020(2 page PDF)
AAFP and ACP Letter to HHS on Relief to Primary Care Practices - May 22, 2020(3 page PDF)
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