Outpatient Therapy

Senators advance bill to repeal Medicare outpatient therapy caps, physician payment formula

Senators advance bill to repeal Medicare outpatient therapy caps, physician payment formula

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The Senate Finance Committee has advanced a bill that would repeal the Medicare Part B cap on therapy reimbursements and replace it with a new outpatient therapy payment system.

Bill would limit Medicare claim reviews for trusted providers

Bill would limit Medicare claim reviews for trusted providers

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A bill in the House of Representatives aims to create a "trusted provider" status in the Medicare program, which would potentially streamline the reimbursement and claims review processes for some long-term care operators.

GAO: Review process rushed

GAO: Review process rushed

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Medicare Administrative Contractors started a manual review process for outpatient therapy claims too quickly, setting the stage for chaos in late 2012, a government review has revealed.

GOP bill would extend Medicare therapy caps exceptions process, delay physician pay cut for two years

GOP bill would extend Medicare therapy caps exceptions process, delay physician pay cut for two years

House Republicans introduced legislation Friday that would extend the outpatient therapy caps exception process. Without Congressional action, the caps would go back into full effect Jan. 1. The proposed legislation also would postpone huge Medicare doctor pay cuts by two years through a package that would scuttle parts of the healthcare reform law.

Open up and say 'Aha'

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OK, raise your hand if you were surprised to learn that physicians averted a major Medicare pay cut that was supposed to take place this week. Didn't think so. I wasn't either.