We always hear that to resolve any difficult issue, it requires:


"An Act of Congress"


Well, here we have it! We first went to the CMS, then HHS, with no success in reversing draconian cuts for interventional techniques. CMS and the administration told us that it requires an Act of Congress.


As a first step toward this, Shimkus and Krishnamoorthi have introduced H.R. 5804, which reverses some of the cuts for Ambulatory Surgery Center procedures. This is only the beginning. We have many other cuts to be reversed.


Yesterday, the House, Energy and Commerce Committee passed H.R. 5804 Legislation authored by Congressman John Shimkus (R, IL) and Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (D, IL). This legislation reverses CMS payment cuts to 6 interventional pain management techniques taking ASCs back to 2016 levels (cuts were 16%-25%).


The legislation passed with an overwhelming bipartisan majority vote of 36-14, despite strong opposition by lead Democrat Frank Pallone (D, NJ).


While all Republicans voted in favor of the bill, 9 Democrats also voted with all of the Republicans.


Now the Bill will go to vote before the full House.


After that it goes to the Senate. We have already started working in the Senate. The important players in the Senate are as follows:


Orrin G. Hatch

Ranking Member Ron Wyden


Chuck Grassley (R-IA)

Mike Crapo (R-ID)

Pat Roberts (R-KS)

Michael B. Enzi (R - WY)

John Cornyn (R - TX)

John Thune (R - SD)

Richard Bur r(R - NC)

Johnny Isakson (R - GA)

Rob Portman (R - OH)

Patrick J. Toomey (R - PA)

Dean Heller (R - NV)

Tim Scott (R - SC)

Bill Cassidy (R - LA)


Debbie Stabenow (D - MI)

Maria Cantwell (D - WA)

Bill Nelson (D - FL)

Robert Menendez (D - NJ)

Thomas R. Carpe r(D - DE)

Benjamin L. Cardin (D - MD)

Sherrod Brow n(D - OH)

Michael F. Bennet (D - CO)

Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D - PA)

Mark R. Warne r(D - VA)

Claire McCaskil l(D - MO)

Sheldon Whitehouse (D - RI)



To pique your curiosity, we are including a link to a portion of H.R. 5804 from the Energy and Commerce Committee.



You can also watch the Energy and Commerce Committee debating the bill if you click on the link below and fast forward to 4:55:30 in the video.