March Advocacy Updates

Needed MVP Improvements Outlined in Letter to CMS 

Some specialties have a new voluntary way to meet Merit-based Incentive Payment System (

ACOI’s Comments Submitted on Prior Authorization Proposed Rule

ACOI has submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on the prior authorization proposed rule.

ACOI Joins in Call for Congress to Reform Medicare Payment System

ACOI recently joined numerous medical societies in sending a letter to all Senate and House lawmakers asking for congressional hearings and collaboration with stakeholders to explore long-term solutions to the broken Medicare physician payment system. 

Congressional Action on Physician Payment Cut Falls Short

The Senate has passed an end-of-year spending deal that falls well short of providing physicians full relief from a 4.5 percent Medicare physician fee schedule cut.

ACOI Sends Letters to the Hill in Support of the PASTEUR Act

Antimicrobial resistance is a global crisis. Without action by Congress to incentivize the development of new antibiotics, the pipeline will fail & people will die from once treatable infections. Congress must pass the PASTEUR Act this year.

PFS Final Rule Has Physicians Bracing for Payment Cuts

On November 1, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), issued the CY2023 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) final rule. As expected, physicians will receive a 4.6 percent cut to the conversion factor — the basic starting point for calculating physician payments — unless Congress intervenes. The cut is a product of the expiration of the 3 percent supplemental increase to PFS payments for CY 2022 provided by Congress and budget neutrality adjustments triggered by coding changes for evaluation and management visits.

ACOI Supports Workplace Violence Prevention

The ACOI joined with other osteopathic organizations to call on congressional leaders to support approval of the “Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act.” 

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