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Advocacy in Action

Advocating for heart rhythm professionals practicing in a rapidly evolving healthcare environment

Advocacy in Action provides monthly updates on new or recent legislative, regulatory, payment, and coverage policy changes, HRS advocacy efforts, and other crucial information that may impact the practice of EP in the U.S.

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President Biden Signs Legislation that Partially Offsets the 3.37% Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Cut

Reimbursement Updates

On March 9, 2024, President Biden signed into law H.R. 4366, known as the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2024,” to avert a partial government shutdown. The $460 billion spending package includes a 1.68% reduction to the 3.37% cut to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) conversion factor that took effect January 1, 2024. The legislation is effective as of March 9, 2024, and is not retroactive to January 1, 2024.

RUC Survey for Percutaneous Left Atrial Appendage Closure

Reimbursement Updates

The Heart Rhythm Society, the American College of Cardiology, and the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions are administering a survey on behalf of the American Medical Association (AMA) Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC) for percutaneous transcatheter closure of the left atrial appendage (LAAC).

New Bipartisan Senate Workgroup on Medicare Payment

Legislative Updates

Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), John Thune (R-S.D.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), and Mark Warner (D-Va.) recently announced the formation of a working group to investigate and propose long-term reforms to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) and make necessary updates to the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).

Lawmakers Consider Site Neutrality Proposals

Legislative Updates

Congressional committees of jurisdiction are considering legislative proposals that aim to rein in health care spending and provider consolidation by ending Medicare payment disparities in which services provided at a hospital outpatient department are reimbursed a higher rate than the same service provided in a physician office or ambulatory surgery center.

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