Senate Delays Medicare Reimbursement Cut Until December
Pulling the Medicare provision out of the stalled jobs bill and voting on it separately, the Senate unanimously agreed this afternoon to delay a 21 percent cut to doctors’ Medicare reimbursement rates until December.
Due to the weeks it has taken the Senate to get to voting on the jobs bill — also known as the extenders’ package or H.R. 4213 — a fix would have lapsed and the cut to doctors’ payments would have gone into effect for procedures from June 1 forward. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have stalled on processing the payments, to give Congress time to get its act together. The House now needs to vote to approve the “doc-fix” provision. It is expected to do so first thing next week.