CMS suggested a 3.34 percent conversion factor decrease in its proposed Medicare physician fee schedule for 2024. Two gastroenterologists connected with Becker’s to discuss their thoughts on the proposal.
Note: These responses have been lightly edited for length and clarity.
Stephen Amann, MD. Gastroenterologist at Digestive Health Specialists (Tupelo, Miss.): Unfortunately, CMS continues to focus on cuts to the front-line providers for Medicare recipients. I am certainly cognizant of the general financial pressure on CMS and Medicare, but fulfilling their promises on the back of the providers is problematic. These cuts continue to undermine physician practice’s ability to provide access and care to the Medicare population.