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SVS Medicare Cuts Task Force

The SVS Medicare Cuts Task Force has analyzed the impact of the proposed 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and the results pose a real threat of harm to vascular surgery practices and patients. The projected cut to vascular surgery overall is -11.4%, but OBLs bear a significantly higher burden with the cuts to specific services as high as -22%! 

The SVS fights for all our members, and we need your help!  The first step was submitting a formal SVS comment letter to CMS, and having at least 100 SVS members submit your own comments too. Thanks to everyone who participated, we have counted at least 180 letters from SVS members!  

The next step will be Congressional messaging and meetings with administrators.  We will have a toolkit for SVS members soon to help, so please stay tuned.  

Below, you will find PDFs of sample letters and a Word Doc letter outline to help you write your own letter - letters are due TODAY!  

  1. Check out some of the samples before getting started.  Your letter can be as short or as long as you need to tell your personal story. 

  2. Download the Word document to start your own letter.  

    • Follow prompts to personalize your letter to your practice and community.

    •  Be sure to delete ALL instructional text before submitting it.

  3.  ​Submit your letter to CMS by copying the text and pasting it into the comment box.

    • Watch this helpful video for more information on how to submit a comment.  Here are some tips:

      •  Use “CMS–1751–P” in the regards/subject line of your letter.   

      • Save your letter as a Word doc and a PDF. 

      • Go to  

      • The Comment box has a word limit.  If your comment is short, you can copy and paste the entire letter into the box.  If not, you can paste your first paragraph or a short note about who you are and that your comment is attached.

      • Select "Physician - HC005" from the drop-down options under "What is your comment about?" 

      •  Use the Attach Files option to attach your PDF letter to your comment. 

      •   Opt in to receive emails to get the tracking number of your comment, and you should receive a confirmation.  

Sample Letters

Official 2021 Letter from the SVS to CMS on the 2022 Proposed Cuts

Official 2021 Letter from the Clinical Labor Coalition to CMS on the 2022 Proposed Cuts

Letter from David Han, MD

Letter from Robert G. Molnar, MD, FACS

Letter from Sunita D Srivastava, MD, FACS

Letter from Mark Mattos, MD, DFSVS, FACS

Letter from Matthew J. Sideman, MD, DFSVS, FACS

Letter from Mark Iafrati, MD

Letter from Nicholas J. Mouawad, MD, MPH, MBA, FSVS, FRCS, FACS, RPVI

Letter from William Shutze, MD

Letter from Sean Lyden, MD

Letter from Peter Connolly, MD, FACS

Letter from Dan McDevitt, MD

Template letter for individual use


Thank You

Thank you to everyone who has submitted!  As of September 13, 2021, we know of at least 180 letters that have been by SVS members!