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April 2010
Practice Management
Medicare Again Postpones Physician Payment Cuts

Earlier this month, Congress passed another short-term fix averting a 21 percent across-the-board cut in physicians’ Medicare payments. This current fix expires May 31. This means that physicians will once again face the threat of significant cuts on June 1 unless Congress acts. 

Although the previous short-term fix passed by Congress expired April 1, Medicare had instructed its contractors to hold claims for two weeks, providing more time for lawmakers to take action. This current extension will also be applied retroactively to all physician services provided to Medicare patients in April. While few if any claims were processed at the reduced rates, Medicare will automatically reprocess any claims paid that reflected the 21 percent cut.

For more updates and additional information, including how you can urge Congress to adopt a permanent fix to the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) under Medicare, visit IDSA’s website.
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