Health care policy

Congress set to address Medicare sequester cuts after recess

The House of Representatives is expected to vote on legislation on April 13.

The AOA has been actively fighting back against a 2% cut to physician Medicare claims that was slated to take effect after March 31 if Congress did not intervene.

Congress has made progress on legislation to delay the cut, in part because of our collective efforts, including advocacy during DO Day. However, though Congress voted to delay the cut, the Senate passed a slightly different version of the House bill a day before they went on recess. The House is expected to vote on the Senate version when it returns to Washington, DC, on April 13.

Holding claims

In addition, although the cut was scheduled to be enacted after March 31, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has instructed Medicare administrative contractors to hold all claims with dates of services on or after April 1, 2021, in anticipation of imminent congressional action delaying the 2% cut.

The AOA will continue to monitor the status of the sequester and take additional steps to delay the payment cut should they be necessary.

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