CLOSING TOMORROW: Urge CMS to Protect Revascularization Services Critical to Preventing Amputations in Our Nation’s Elderly Patients

Please join us in sending a bipartisan letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) urging the agency to protect access to vital revascularization services integral to the effort of reducing amputations in Medicare patients with peripheral
artery disease (PAD).  The 2019 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) Proposed Rule is proposing to cut reimbursement for revascularization by up to 30% or more for critical revascularization codes (37225 – 37231, among others).  These cuts stem from CMS’ proposal
to update equipment and supply pricing data in the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule database.  We have concerns with the accuracy of this data for revascularization codes
as they have no pricing data at all in the CMS database. 

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Ensure that Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) continue to generate savings for the Medicare program: Bipartisan Letter to CMS

The Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) is the most significant national program driving our health care system from fee-for-service volume to value-based care. Today, healthcare in the United State is too expensive
and quality is inconsistent. With 561 ACOs covering 10.5 million Medicare beneficiaries, the MSSP is the largest value based payment model in the United States moving our healthcare system toward better value. The ACO model is a market-based solution that
empowers local physicians, hospitals, and other providers to work together and take responsibility for improving quality and lowering the growth rate of healthcare spending in the Medicare program.  Importantly, the ACO model also maintains patient choice
of clinicians and other providers.

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Affirm Congress’s Support for Ending Hate and Violence

October 12, 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the death of Matthew Shepard, who was targeted and brutally attacked because of his sexual orientation. His murder was a shock to our nation, and brought Americans’ attention to the discrimination and threats
that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people face on a daily basis in our country.

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Remove Marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act: Support H.R. 1227, the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017

Even though 31 states have legalized medical marijuana and over 60 percent of Americans support legalization, marijuana is still
listed under Schedule 1 of the Controlled Substances Act. Enforcing federal prohibition of marijuana will only serve to increase incarcerations, prevent invaluable research into its medicinal benefits, and create financial barriers for businesses.

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Pre-Existing Condition Protections Must Remain

Earlier this year, the Trump Administration announced it will no longer defend key parts of the ACA that
prevent insurance companies from charging more to cover pre-existing conditions or denying coverage altogether. Refusing to defend the existing law could take us back to the days when insurance companies could discriminate against people for everything from
battling cancer to being pregnant.

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