After years of advocacy from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, American Medical Association, and many other medical societies and organizations, congressional leaders have formed a Medicare payment reform working group to address long-term solutions for physician payment. U.S. Senators 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.) announced the formation of the working group.

Recognizing the challenges within the current physician payment system under Medicare, the bipartisan group aims to investigate and propose long-term reforms to the physician fee schedule and update the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). With a focus on ensuring financial stability for providers, improving patient outcomes, and using emerging health care technologies, the group will engage stakeholders to develop policy solutions for sustained access to high-quality care.

AASM members are encouraged to visit the AASM Action Center and ask Congress to reverse the physician payment cuts implemented Jan. 1, 2024.