U.S. Senate passes H.R. 4213, potentially extending Medicare physician payment freeze
(March 10, 2010)
Earlier today, the Senate passed H.R. 4213 which, among
other provisions, would extend the current freeze to the Medicare
Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula through September 30, 2010. The
bill now moves to the House of Representatives. If the House passes
the bill without significant revision or amendment, the Medicare
unadjusted anesthesia conversion factor would stay at the current figure
of $21.114, and the Resource Based Relative Value System (RBRVS)
conversion factor would remain $36.0846 for services provided through
September 30, 2010.
A key consideration at this time is whether
the bill can be signed into law before the current SGR freeze ends on
March 31, 2010. ASA will post updates as more information becomes
THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF ANESTHESIOLOGISTS
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