Physicians Slam Fee Schedule Cuts, Call for Medicare Payment Reform

The American Medical Association (AMA) and other physician advocacy groups are calling on CMS to reverse proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule updates, which would slash Medicare payment for physicians next year.

CMS proposed in July to decrease the Fee Schedule conversion factor by $1.53 to $33.08 in 2023. The proposed decrease would account for the expiration of the 3 percent increase in Physician Fee Schedule reimbursements in CY 2022 as required by the Protecting Medicare and American Farmers From Sequester Cuts Act, as well as CMS’ statutory obligation to implement a 0 percent conversion factor in 2023.

If finalized, however, the Fee Schedule cut would harm patient access to care, according to the AMA.

“As you know, the AMA is deeply alarmed about the growing financial instability of the Medicare physician payment system due to a confluence of fiscal uncertainties physician practices face related to the ongoing pandemic, statutory payment cuts, lack of inflationary updates, and significant administrative barriers,” the industry group said in a Sept. 6th letter to CMS Admnistrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure.

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Updated COVID booster shots rolling out across the state

Updated COVID-19 booster vaccines targeting recent Omicron variants are being distributed in Nevada, offering residents a new layer of protection against the virus.

Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted emergency use authorization for the two updated COVID-19 boosters — one from Pfizer-BioNTech for people age 12 and older, and another from Moderna that’s available to those 18 and older.

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About 1 in 4 young adults getting mental health care: CDC

Almost a quarter of all young adults received mental health care treatment last year, according to recently released data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

The number of adults aged 18 to 44 who received mental health care in the past 12 months saw the biggest increase from 2019, rising from 18.5 percent to 23.2 percent. The percentage of all adults who received mental health treatment also increased from 19.2 percent in 2019 to 21.6 percent in 2021.

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AMA Workshops and Webinars

Register Now » AMPAC Campaign School

September 29 – October 2 

The 2022 Campaign School returns in-person at the AMA offices in Washington, DC! This comprehensive, bi-partisan program molds participants into winning political strategists with an understanding of strategy, message, and campaign plans. Physicians, spouses of physicians, residents and medical students are all welcome to participate. Space is limited and the deadline to register is Sept. 4, so reserve your spot now. 

The International Conference on Physician Health

October 13 – 15 

The American, Canadian and British Medical Associations will host the International Conference on Physician Health (ICPH) in Orlando. This year’s conference, with its central focus of “Engaging organizations to achieve cultural change,” is relevant to physicians across all specialties and practice settings. Learn more or register now.

Las Vegas Bariatrics will be hosting:

The ASMBS Foundation’s Walk from Obesity. This is the only national walkathon that brings attention to the disease of obesity by raising awareness in communities all over the country. The Walk from Obesity also provides educational materials regarding obesity and the treatment options available. LVB would like to make this the biggest event in ASMBS history. 

Timeline: Saturday October 22nd

We are looking for Local sponsors to participate.

Attached is the informational guide to participate.

Looking forward to your support.

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