Medicare pay cut fix passes Senate

On December 15th, 2010, posted in: Industry News by

The Senate agreed to a 12 month Medicare pay fix. The House adopted the bill on December 9th. President Obama has indicated he will sign the bill but has not done so as of this writing, December 10, 2010 2:15 p.m.

Details of the bill that will affect your bottom line:

  • Reverses the 30% reduction and extends current Medicare payment rates through December 31, 2010
  • Extends the existing floor of 1 for work RVUs index through December 31, 2011. Physicians practicing in areas of the country with GPCI work values are below 1 stand to benefit from this provision. Those practicing in areas with work GPCI above 1 will not be affected.
  • Extends the use of KX modifier , for use with therapy claims in those patients who have exceeded the $1,870 cap through December 31, 2011
  • Extends the ability of independent labs to receive direct payment for the technical component for certain pathology services through December 31, 2011
  • Extends the 5% increase in payment for certain Medicare mental health services through December 31, 2011