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Monday, June 28, 2010

CMS Releases Proposed Rule for 2011 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its proposed Calendar Year (CY) 2011 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule regulation, outlining proposed changes to policies and payment rates for services to be furnished on or after January 1, 2011

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Friday, June 25, 2010

President Signs 'Doc-Fix' Bill into Law – 21 Percent Cut Halted

Earlier today, President Obama signed into law the “Preservation of Access to Care for Medicare Beneficiaries and Pension Relief Act of 2010.”

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Passage of 'Doc-fix' Reported to Be Imminent

The ASA has learned that later today the U.S. House of Representatives will consider and is likely to pass, H.R. 3962, the free-standing “doc-fix” SGR relief bill passed by the U.S. Senate on Friday, June 18.

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Friday, June 18, 2010

CMS Directs Carriers to Process Claims with the 21 Percent Cut

Immediately following Senate passage of the 6-month “doc fix,” CMS released information informing lawmakers that carriers have been directed to process claims for services provided on June 1 and later with the 21 percent cut.

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Friday, June 18, 2010

Update: Cuts in effect – Senate Reported to be Considering Free-Standing Six-Month “Fix” Bill

Since the House and Senate were unable to agree upon legislation that includes an SGR “fix,” a 21 percent Medicare payment cut is now in full effect.

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Friday, June 18, 2010

Update: Senate Passes Free-Standing 'Doc Fix' Bill

Moments ago, the U.S. Senate passed by unanimous consent a free-standing bill that averts the pending 21 percent payment cut and provides physicians a 2.2 percent Medicare update effective June 1 and extending through November 30.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

ASA Renews Request for Action from OIG on “Company Model”

ASA has submitted a letter to the Office of Inspector General (OIG) renewing its March 19, 2009, request for a Special Advisory Bulletin regarding the “company model.”

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Monday, June 14, 2010

UPDATE: CMS directs carriers to hold claims through June 17 while Congress debates SGR options

Since Congress has failed to pass legislation to avert the 21 percent Medicare payment cut, CMS has directed carriers to hold claims through Thursday, June 17.

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Friday, June 11, 2010

Update: Congress Fails to Act - CMS to Begin to Process Claims with 21-percent Cut

Presently, Congress has failed to pass legislation to avert the implementation of the current 21 percent cut to Medicare physician payments. As a result, payment cuts will occur.

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Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Congress Fails to Act - SGR Cuts Effective June 1st

As a result of Congress’ failure to act, a 21 percent Medicare payment cut is in effect for services provided on or after June 1. CMS is instructing its contractors to hold claims containing services paid under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for the first 10 business days of June as a means of temporarily protecting physicians from the payment cuts.

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Friday, May 28, 2010

SGR cuts to take effect on June 1

With the Senate already adjourned for the Memorial Day recess, legislation to stave off Medicare payment cuts cannot be enacted ...

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

ASA Withholds Support for New Medicare Physician Payment Fix

ASA will not support pending Medicare physician payment provisions that are part of H.R. 4213, the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act of 2010.

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Congress Currently Working to Avert 21% Cut: Next Steps Forward in SGR Debate Remain Unclear

With the most recent SGR “patch” set to expire May 31, Congressional Democrats have begun to craft legislation to avert the again pending 21% cut in Medicare physician payments.

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

ASA Supports New Health Care Provider Transparency Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As the United States prepares to add 32 million more patients to the healthcare system through healthcare reform, 11 of the leading medical societies in the country joined together today to publicly support the introduction of the Healthcare Truth and Transparency Act of 2010.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Call Today: Urge Your Lawmaker to Co-sign the Anesthesiology Medicare Payment Letter

Four key members of the U.S. House of Representatives are seeking support from their colleagues for a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services requesting a review of the accuracy of Medicare’s payments for anesthesia services.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

President Obama Nominates Physician to Lead CMS

Today, President Obama nominated Dr. Donald Berwick to be Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services (CMS).

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Friday, April 16, 2010

President Obama signs the “Continuing Extension Act of 2010” reinstating 2009 Medicare physician payment rates

Last night, President Obama signed H.R. 4851, the ”Continuing Extension Act of 2010” into law.

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

CMS Announces Medicare Cuts in Effect Until Such Time as Congress Acts

As a result of Congress’ failure to act on pending Medicare payment legislation, CMS has announced that its contractors have begun to process Medicare claims at the reduced conversion factor rate pursuant to the implementation of the 21% Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) physician payment cut.

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Stop the Medicare Meltdown Sign the petition today

Doctors want to take care of Medicare patients. Congress is forcing doctors to limit the number of Medicare patients we see or to quit taking Medicare patients altogether.

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