Industry Groups, CMS Applaud Medicare Extender Bill Passage

Last week, the House and Senate passed bills that will repeal the implementation date expiration of the RUG-IV system and extends Medicare’s Part B therapy caps exception process until 2012.  The legislation also will push the 25% cut in physician Medicare reimbursement rates through the end of 2011.  Long term care industry groups, members of Congress and the Obama Administration were quick to praise the extensions and clarity for 2011.

“This one-year fix will help provide some important stability and security for doctors and their patients as we continue to work with Congress on a permanent solution to fix Medicare’s physician payment system once and for all,” stated Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services in statement released after the passage.