The bill, called the Physician Payment and Therapy Relief Act of 2010, will extend the existing 2.2% update to physician payments and delay a 21% cut from the original deadline of November 30 until December 31.
The bill will provide a path to both a short- and longer-term solution to the broken Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS); Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) and ranking member Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) plan to pursue a yearlong solution to the formula that could be put into place before the month-long patch expires.
Senate passes 1-month SGR extension, November 19, 2010
Congress tries to wrangle another SGR fix, November 18, 2010
Obama signs SGR fix after House passes 6-month delay, June 25, 2010
House holds SGR fix hostage to jobs bill, June 22, 2010
CMS begins paying claims at lower SGR rate, June 21, 2010
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