Congress Must Establish Long-Term Medicare Payment Solutions to Preserve Access to High-Quality Care

January 26, 2023

Kicking off the 118th Congress, the Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO), along with more than 100 other provider organizations, sent a letter to Members of Congress urging them to preserve access to high-quality care for beneficiaries by reforming the Medicare payment system. The letter urges Congress to hold hearings and work with stakeholders, such as ASCO, this year to identify long-term payment solutions.

In December 2022, Congress took steps to mitigate the payment reductions in the Calendar Year 2023 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, yet reimbursement for services continues to decline. Additionally, the lack of an annual inflationary reimbursement update and statutory budget neutrality requirements exacerbate the challenges oncology providers face in managing the resources necessary for caring for patients with cancer.

ASCO encourages Congress to build on its work from last year and advance policies that will ensure  Medicare beneficiaries continue to have access to high-quality cancer care. ASCO will continue to work with the House of Medicine and federal lawmakers to ensure that this issue remains top of mind this Congress.

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