SVS ends 2022 with latest ‘Week of Action’ to prevent Medicare payment reductions

SVS members were asked to join in a push to prevent Medicare cuts by urging Congress to take action

The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) issued its thanks to December “Week of Action” participants.

Once again, SVS members showed incredible support for the Society’s advocacy efforts by engaging in the week’s various activities and continuing to amplify the specialty’s collective voice on Capitol Hill, according to the SVS. 

During the Week of Action, members were asked to join in a year-end push to prevent significant Medicare payment cuts by urging Congress to take action to address the critical issue before the end of its session. 

More than 700 messages were sent asking for the inclusion of new funds in year-end legislation for the explicit purpose of increasing the non-facility/office-based practice expense relative value units (RVUs) negatively impacted by the clinical labor update policy from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). 

These messages also included a parallel push to offer relief from the underlying fee schedule conversion factor adjustment, as provided in legislation introduced by Reps. Ami Bera, MD, and Larry Bucshon, MD (H.R. 8800). In tandem, advancement of these policies would help provide critical stability for vascular surgeons and ensure a positive foundation for ongoing deliberations regarding systemic reforms to Medicare physician reimbursement. 

Sending these messages wasn’t the only way members helped advocate during the Week of Action. Members also helped raise the profile of vascular surgery by promoting the specialty’s key issues on social media. Across all networks, more than 10,000 social media impressions, or “views,” were garnered. 

The SVS Advocacy Council thanked all those who took part for remaining engaged and determined to advocate for the vascular surgical specialty. “With the start of the 118th Congress, there is much work to be done, and the Council looks forward to continuing to facilitate opportunities for SVS members to engage in advocacy,” Council staff said.


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