On Jan. 18, 2024, the United States Congress passed a bill to avert a government shutdown, which was sent to President Biden’s desk for signature. This continuing resolution is essentially a stopgap to avoid the shutdown, but it does nothing to address physician payment until at least early March. A year ago, providers were relieved to receive aid in the form of “H.R. 2617, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023,” in time for implementation at the start of the 2023 calendar year, but 2024 has proven to be more difficult.

The AASM will continue to advocate for physician payment reform, urging implementation of changes that will eliminate the need for annual congressional intervention, as well as by continuing payer advocacy efforts both independently and through partnerships with other organizations.

Questions about the AASM’s physician payment reform efforts may be sent to coding@aasm.org.