Physician Pay Cut
The House Friday adopted a jobs bill that delays for 19 months a 21.2% cut to Medicare physician reimbursements but does not extend a much hoped-for Medicaid increase.
House Democrats, under pressure from conservatives and moderates, have scaled back the scope of a proposed Medicare physician pay fix in a new jobs bill. The new proposal would delay an impending pay cut by 19 months, rather than three-and-a-half years, according to news reports.
Senators are expected to vote today to approve a temporary extensions bill that delays a 21.2% reduction in Medicare physician pay until the end of the month. It comes the same day that the hold on the Medicare physician payment cut expires.
Fresh from a two-week vacation, the Senate plans to vote this week to temporarily halt a 21.2% cut in Medicare physician pay, which also affects Medicare Part B therapy rates for nursing homes.
A bill that would delay a 21.2% cut in physician pay under Medicare is holding up the calculation of Medicare Part B therapy rates for skilled nursing facilities. The bill is awaiting action from the Senate, which returns from Easter recess on Monday.
Medicare physicians are once again facing a 21.2% pay cut when a provision to delay the reduction expires at midnight Thursday. But the government has ordered that claims submitted on or after April 1 be held for an additional 10 days until Congress can return from recess, according to a news outlet.
The Senate Wednesday passed a pivotal bill that would extend for six months the temporary increase in states Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP). It also would extend the Medicare Part B therapy caps exceptions process through Dec. 31, and delay a 21% Medicare payment cut for physicians until Oct. 1.
National organizations representing seniors, members of the military and physicians gathered in Washington Thursday to demand an end to the Medicare sustainable growth rate formula. The formula would be responsible for a scheduled 21% cut to Medicare physician reimbursements in March.