Senate Votes to Advance Continuing Extension Act
On April 12, the Senate voted 60 – 34 in favor of advancing the Continuing Extension Act (HR 4851) to a final vote. The bill as passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on March 17 would protect physicians from a 21 percent Medicare pay cut for yet another 30 days.
On April 1, when the last extension expired, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) put a 10-day freeze on Medicare claims processing. The Senate has until April 14 to pass HR 4851 if doctors are to be spared the ill effects of the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR).