11.29.2010: The U.S. House of Representatives added its approval to a Senate-passed bill (H.R. 5712). This will stop a projected 23 % cut in the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, and extend current payment rates through the end of December.
Approval To Bill H.R. 5712
The House action clears the bill to be sent to President Obama, who is expected to sign it into law. Without this legislation, payment rates would have been slashed beginning Wednesday, December 1st. H.R. 5712 legislation extends current payment levels under the fee schedule through December 31, 2010. It is expected to be signed by the President without delay.
This is a very short term fix. Many advocacy groups continue to work with Congress to further extend the therapy cap process, extend the fix to the PFS, and to fully implement the RUG-IV system. Please continue to speak with your Senators and Representatives regarding these issues.
Christine Kroll, MS OTR