June 11, 2010 — On May 28, the House of Representatives passed HR 4213, which stops the scheduled 21-percent Medicare fee decrease from being implemented.
The bill also calls for a 2.2 percent fee increase in 2010 and a 1 percent fee increase for 2011. This week, the Senate began deliberating the House bill, but no final action has been taken.
A final vote on this legislation is expected next week. As the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it would hold claims for the first 10 business days of June, the final Senate vote will come after this holding period concludes.
We anticipate CMS will soon release a statement indicating it will hold claims for a longer time frame to allow Congress additional time to consider this issue. ACA will immediately notify the profession of any updates on this issue. If you have questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source: American Chiropractic Association, www.acatoday.org