Modern Healthcare: Dr. David Smail: America’s surgeons and small towns are going to be left behind by Medicare cuts

As a surgeon practicing medicine in my home town of Beverly, MA, I know how important private practice physicians are to small towns across this county. Unfortunately, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is getting ready to devastate patient care in this country by slashing Medicare payments for nearly all surgical specialties starting in 2021.