Tell Congress to Address Impending Medicare Part B Payment Cuts for 2023
Ask your federal representatives to fully address looming Medicare payment cuts to health care providers, including audiologists and speech-language pathologists (SLPs), that will limit beneficiary access to critical hearing, balance, speech, language, swallowing, and cognitive care.

In December 2021, Congress passed the Protecting Medicare and American Farmers from Sequester Cuts Act, which provided a 3% positive adjustment to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) conversation factor (CF) for 2022 and averted an additional 4% Medicare payment reduction due to Statutory Pay-As-You-Go (PAYGO) requirements. These payment reduction relief provisions provided increased financial stability for audiologists and SLPs and helped ensure seniors maintain access to high quality care.

However, policymakers must act before the end of the year to stabilize provider payments for 2023. Audiologists and SLPs face a more than 10% total cut to payments in 2023—a 4.5% cut to the MPFS CF, a 4% cut due to PAYGO, and a 2% cut due to budget sequestration. Congress must again take action to mitigate the scheduled reductions as these year-over-year cuts are a clear indicator that the Medicare payment system is broken. Proposed cuts of this magnitude risk destabilizing the Medicare program, a situation that is worsened by the lack of an annual inflationary adjustment. Congress must protect beneficiary access to essential health care services by passing legislation to reverse these cuts for 2023.

Download the Issue Brief [PDF] to learn more about this legislation.

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