Issue Background

ASRT Continues to Support Delay of Medicare Reimbursement Cuts

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The COVID-19 pandemic continues as health care providers work to care for COVID-19 patients, vaccinate the public and resume essential procedures, such as scans, and treatments that have been delayed. On December 27, 2020, The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 was enacted, giving providers a three-month extension (until March 31, 2021) of the Medicare sequester moratorium originally included in The CARES Act. ASRT supported these previous actions taken to assist physicians, clinicians, radiologic technologists, and hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic and once again asks Congress to extend the Medicare sequester moratorium through the end of the year.

Health care providers continue to face significant financial hardships, with 97 percent of physician practices experiencing a negative financial impact directly or indirectly related to COVID-19. Additionally, practices are reporting a 55 percent decrease in revenue and a 60 percent decrease in patient volume since the beginning of the pandemic. New analyses predict another potential $53-122 billion in lost hospital revenue in 2021. The revenue that has been lost not only affects the facility or practice, but also the radiologic technologists who work to provide patient care during this ongoing pandemic. Urgent action is needed to avoid any additional, preventable strains on our health care system and those individuals who continue to perform treatments and examinations in this challenging environment.

ASRT continues to support the Medicare sequester moratorium and strongly urges Congress to pass H.R. 1868 to extend Medicare sequester moratorium through the end of 2021.