House Action on January 1 Medicare Fee Cuts

Wednesday afternoon, the House passed a 2-month extension of expiring appropriations for the Department of Defense that included a 2-month extension of the sustainable growth rate (SGR). In other words, the legislation would stop the 21.2% Medicare pay cut scheduled to take effect on January 1 for a period that will end March 1, 2010.  Importantly, the legislation does not affect any of the other payment policies included in the final 2010 fee schedule rule; those will take effect on schedule.
A cloture motion on the DoD extension bill was filed in the Senate today.  Votes on cloture and passage should be completed this weekend.
John G. Krah

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