Therapy Caps Exceptions Process

Pending legislation would end therapy caps

Pending legislation would end therapy caps

A measure to terminate Medicare therapy caps will soon be introduced in Congress, a top association official said during a McKnight's Super Tuesday webcast yesterday.

**SPECIAL BULLETIN: House votes to repeal RUG-IV delay, extend therapy caps exception process**

**SPECIAL BULLETIN: House votes to repeal RUG-IV delay, extend therapy caps exception process**

Medicare's RUG-IV system that began in October will remain in place, thanks to a $19.2 billion package passed today in the House of Representatives. The legislation also extends Medicare's therapy caps exception process until the end of 2011. The 409-2 vote comes one day after unanimous passage in the Senate. President Obama is expected to sign the measure into law once it reaches his desk.

House passes one-month 'doc fix'

House passes one-month 'doc fix'

Following the Senate's lead, the U.S. House Wednesday voted to extend current Medicare reimbursement rates for physicians through the end of the year. Other items, including legislation affecting the long-term care community, are on Congress's to-do list during this lame-duck session.

Groups ask congressional leaders to extend nine Medicare provisions beyond 2010

Several healthcare groups, including the American Health Care Association, last week urged congressional leaders to address "harmful Medicare policies" set to take effect Jan. 1, 2011.

Medicare physicians receive temporary reprieve from pending pay cut

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.

How the new healthcare law affects you

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OK, so I promised I'd tell you more about what is in the healthcare reform law that affects you, long-term care providers. So here goes ...

Healthcare reform bill to delay implementation of RUG-IV until 2011

The RUG-IV classification system will not start until Oct. 1, 2011, under the new healthcare reform bill.

Future of healthcare reform still remains cloudy for Democrats

Future of healthcare reform still remains cloudy for Democrats

After narrowly passing a healthcare stopgap bill that included a therapy caps extension package, Democrats in Congress are finding it difficult to bring their major reform proposal across the finish line, according to recent reports.

Letter urges Congress to extend therapy caps exceptions process

A coalition of 32 healthcare-related organizations, including the two major nursing home organizations, is imploring lawmakers to immediately reinstate the exceptions process for Medicare Part B outpatient therapy caps.