History

The coalition’s 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 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.

FAQs

1. Why did you create the Surgical Care Coalition?

  • Comprised of 13 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. 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 cuts to surgical care proposed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), which have been delayed to January 2022 following a short-term fix thanks to the coalition’s efforts last year. These cuts threaten access to surgical care.

4. 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.

5. Who is funding the Surgical Care Coalition?

  • The Surgical Care Coalition is funded by the 13 surgical professional association members. These members work closely together to advocate for high-quality surgical care.