Urge Congress to increase Medicare/MACRA pay by end of year

The Medical Association of Georgia is encouraging physicians in the state to click here to send an email to their congressional leaders to urge them to increase physician payment under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).

If Congress does not act by the end of the year, physician payment will not increase for at least another year.

The American Medical Association reports that Medicare’s hospital pay increased by about 50 percent between 2001 to 2018 – with an average increase of 2.5 percent per year for inpatient services and 2.4 percent per year for outpatient services. Yet “adjusting for inflation in practice costs, Medicare physician pay declined by 19 percent from 2001 to 2018.”