On Thursday the U.S. House passed HR 4691, legislation that extends a number of expiring programs for 30 days, including current Medicare physician payment rates. The Senate unsuccessfully attempted to pass similar legislation by unanimous consent on Friday morning. The Senate has now adjourned for the weekend, so the 21% Medicare physician payment cut will be effective on Monday, March 1st. We have been notified that CMS is notifying their contractors to hold Medicare physician claims for 10 business days, starting Monday.
Delaying a permanent fix through a series of temporary patches in the past has sky-rocketed the cost of a permanent solution, and has fueled this partisan standoff. The NCMS encourages you to contact Senators Burr and Hagan to let them know that this cut threatens patient access and will irreparably destabilize Medicare. Congress has neglected to address this issue for nearly half a decade. Now is the time to permanently fix the SGR so that the elderly and needy do not go without medical treatment.
NCMS leadership and staff will be in Washington, D.C. next week meeting with the North Carolina Congressional Delegation on this very serious issue.
- Need a permanent SGR fix.
- A temporary fix only costs tax payers more money.
Contact Your Senators:
- Sen. Richard Burr
- Sen. Kay Hagan