Senate Passes Temporary "Doc Fix"

March 31, 2014

Infographic - Senate Passes Temporary 'Doc Fix'On March 31, 2014, the Senate voted to pass the House-approved bill (H.R. 4302) to suspend the projected 24% cut to Medicare Part B payments and to extend the therapy caps exceptions process through March 2015. The legislation will also postpone implementation of ICD-10. At this point, it is uncertain whether Congress will continue to discuss long-term solutions to both the sustainable growth rate (SGR) and the Medicare therapy caps.

Speech-language pathologists who receive Medicare reimbursement are reminded that the manual medical review process will remain in place. As previously reported, manual medical review is now done post-payment in all states.

For questions related to Congressional action, please contact Ingrida Lusis, ASHA's director of federal and political advocacy, at Questions related to the therapy cap exceptions process should be directed to

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