About

The Surgical Care Coalition advocates for access to quality surgical care for all Americans.

The Surgical Care Coalition is comprised of 12 surgical professional associations that proudly represent the more than 150,000 surgeons working across the country with a common goal of improving the quality of care, and quality of life, for all patients.

 

At a time when the U.S. health care system is under tremendous strain due to COVID-19, the Surgical Care Coalition is dedicated to protecting access to necessary surgical procedures and high-quality care for all patients.

History

The coalition’s 12 founding members have a long history of working together to address the most pressing policy issues affecting the surgical profession.

Surgical Care Coalition members have met informally since the 1980s. Joining together, the group promotes sound public policy solutions to the U.S. Congress and federal regulatory agencies to solve the biggest challenges in health care.

 

In the spring of 2020, the founding 12 surgical professional associations formalized this existing network, establishing the Surgical Care Coalition to provide a shared voice for the surgical profession, the 150,000 surgeons in America and the patients they serve.

News & Media

December 1, 2020
Medicare Cuts Jeopardize Patient Care and Ignore Impacts of Pandemic
October 30, 2020
Representatives Bera and Bucshon and 6 Lead Co-Sponsors Introduce Legislation to Protect Patients’ Access to Surgical Care
October 19, 2020
229 Bipartisan Members of the House Urge Leaders to Prevent Medicare Cuts
September 23, 2020
Survey: CMS Cuts Will Harm Patients by Reducing Access to Surgical Care
August 20, 2020
CNN: Proposed cuts to Medicare will be devastating to surgeons and their patients
August 15, 2020
Richmond Times-Dispatch: The middle of a pandemic is no time to reduce the quality of care

FAQs

1. Why did you create the Surgical Care Coalition?

  • Comprised of 12 surgical professional associations, the Surgical Care Coalition represents the nearly 150,000 surgeons working across the country with a common goal of improving the quality of care, and quality of life, for all patients.
  • After meeting and working together informally since the 1980s, these associations created the coalition in spring 2020 to formalize the existing network and establish a shared voice for the surgical profession.

2. How is the Surgical Care Coalition helping to improve access to quality care?

  • The coalition promotes sound public policy solutions to the U.S. Congress and federal regulatory agencies to solve the biggest challenges in health care, with a common goal of improving the quality of care, and quality of life, for all patients.

3. How are both the Surgical Care Coalition and its members responding to COVID-19?

  • Surgeons have continued to operate on patients in need of critically important procedures during COVID-19 that saved lives and improved patients’ quality of life. Many surgeons have served on the frontlines of the pandemic, helping the sickest patients fight COVID-19 and treating non-surgical patients who have contracted the disease.
  • Established during the COVID-19 pandemic, members of the Surgical Care Coalition helped surgeons navigate the impact of the virus in and out of the operating room, and has seen first-hand the devastating impact the disease continues to have on our nation and its citizens. The coalition’s advocacy for quality surgical care is more important than ever. To learn more about a member’s specific COVID-19 response, please visit their website.

4. What policy issues are most important to the Surgical Care Coalition?

  • The Surgical Care Coalition is focused on protecting timely access to necessary surgical procedures and high-quality care for all patients.
  • The coalition’s current advocacy effort is focused on the pending payment cuts to surgeons proposed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Such cuts will not only threaten timely access to quality care, but also stress an already fragile health care system that is under strain from COVID-19.

5. How can I support the Surgical Care Coalition?

  • Please sign up to receive email updates and follow the coalition on Twitter and LinkedIn. You will hear from us a lot more as January 1 approaches because we believe these payment cuts are the top issue for any patient who will ever need surgery.

6. Who is funding the Surgical Care Coalition?

  • The Surgical Care Coalition is funded by the 12 founding surgical professional association members. These members work closely together to advocate for high-quality surgical care.