American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
December 2, 2010

House Approves Temporary Medicare Fee Schedule Fix

On Tuesday, November 30, 2010, the House of Representatives approved the Senate-passed bill that would stop a projected 23 percent cut in the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (H.R. 5712), and extend the current payment rates through the end of December.  President Obama signed the bill into law the same day. Absent additional Congressional action, the Medicare fee schedule payments will be cut by 30.1% starting January 1, 2011.

ASHA is actively working with other stakeholder groups to not only address the impending cuts to the 2011 physician fee schedule, but also to ensure that the Medicare therapy cap exceptions process is extended through 2011. The current therapy cap exceptions process is set to expire December 31, 2010.

For additional information, contact Ingrida Lusis, ASHA's Director of Federal and Political Advocacy at ilusis@asha.org.


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