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SGR Reform Passes House, Stops in Senate

   Very early on the morning of March 27, after completing a lengthy round of votes on the budget resolution, a handful of Senators blocked efforts to reach agreement on the rules for debate on H.R. 2, the "Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act," which passed the House on March 26 by an overwhelming margin of 392-37.  
  Congress is now adjourned for its April recess. In statements made on the floor, Senate leaders said they will bring the bill up promptly when Congress returns from its recess on April 13.  

Medicare to Hold Claims

    The current payment patch expires on April 1, long before Congress reconvenes.  As a result, all physician services provided on or after April 1 will be subject to a cut of 21 percent. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is instructing its carriers to "hold" for 10 business days any claims for services provided on April 1 and beyond, until legislation can be passed and signed into law that reverses the 21 percent cut. The 10-business-day hold means that April claims will be held through Tuesday, April 14.

   MSDC members with questions on how to charge Medicare during this period may contact the Medical Society.





MSDC Stands Up for Physicians During Busy Council Period

 Since the DC Council held its first Legislative Meeting in January, a number of bills impacting District physicians and their patients has been introduced. The Medical Society is reviewing the pieces of legislation, covering excessive drug copays, behavioral health, coordination of care, contraceptive care and more. MSDC is also working with key stakeholders to represent DC physicians and their patients

Keep Urging Congress To Reform SGR

  The American Medical Association has indicated that grassroots support for H.R. 2 was outstanding, and that efforts to contact key people to support the bill were persuasive. MSDC thanks its members for all their hard work and encourages physicians to continue outreach to legislators during the break.
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