In Billing
May 11th, 2012
U.S. Reps Allyson Schwartz, D-Pa., and Joe Heck, DO, R-Nev., reintroduced on May 9 legislation that would repeal the sustainable growth rate (SGR) and award annual payment updates to physicians for providing seniors with high-quality care. “For far too long we failed America’s seniors and created a long-term fiscal nightmare for Medicare by maintaining the status ...
In Billing
Dec 30th, 2011
To better allow physicians to manage the uncertainty of threatened Medicare fee reductions slated for the 2012 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) extended the 2012 Annual Participation Enrollment Program. Fortunately, a two-month Congressional suppression of the mandated pay cut followed. Physicians narrowly escaped a 27.4 percent reductio...
In Billing
Dec 19th, 2011
The Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) cut of payments to physicians servicing Medicare payments is not going to happen, at least for two months. The  House of Representatives passed a bill similar to one passed by the Senate on Dec. 17 that postpones the impending 27.4 percent cut to physicians’ Medicare reimbursement rates for two months.The Senate’s amended ...
In Billing
Nov 24th, 2010
A 23 percent cut in Medicare payments to physicians scheduled to take effect Dec. 1 has been postponed for one month. The U.S. House of Representatives agreed without objection Nov. 29 to an amended bill the Senate unanimously passed Nov. 18. President Barack Obama signed the bill Nov. 30. The Physician Payment and Therapy Relief Act ...
In Billing
Apr 19th, 2010
Congress has diverted the 21.3 percent Medicare pay cut to physicians once again. President Obama signed the Continuing Extension Act of 2010 (HR 4851) into law on April 15—just hours after the Senate voted 59-38 in favor of their amended version of the bill and the House subsequently passed the Senate’s amended version by a voice vote. ...