On Friday, December 23, the president signed the Temporary Payroll Tax Cut Continuation Act of 2011. The law extends the therapy cap exceptions process and Medicare fee schedule until February 29, 2012. We thank the many ASHA members who wrote to Congress asking their senators and representatives to continue the therapy cap exceptions process for 2012. The Medicare fee schedule conversion factor will remain unchanged but there are a number of speech-language pathology and audiology procedures that will be affected by 2012 relative value unit (RVU) updates. ASHA members can view the 2012 RVUs on ASHA's website and use the 2011 conversion factor of $33.9764 to determine the rates for the new year rather than the threatened 2012 conversion factor of $24.6712.
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