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Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 addresses ACS priorities


On February 9, Congress passed and President Trump signed into law the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018. The law addresses many key physician and patient issues, including important technical corrections to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) that the American College of Surgeons (ACS) strongly favors.

The law addresses several other ACS priorities, including:

The addition of a long-term funding extension (10 years) for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), ensuring that children continue to have access to surgical care

The inclusion of language that eases electronic health record system meaningful use requirements, alleviating some of the burdens imposed on physicians and their practices

Additional funding to address the opioid epidemic and to support the work of the National Institutes of Health Repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board

For more information, contact Mark Lukaszewski, ACS Congressional Lobbyist, at

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