Congress passes 6-month “fix”

By Mary Ann Porucznik

As this issue of AAOS Now went to press, the President had just signed into law the Preservation of Access to Care for Medicare Beneficiaries and Pension Relief Act (HR 3962).

The legislation provides for a 2.2 percent update to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule payment rates for services provided on or after June 1, 2010, through Nov. 30, 2010. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has placed a hold on claims payments until the new rates are tested and loaded into Medicare contractors’ claims processing system. CMS expects to begin processing claims at the new rates no later than July 1, 2010.

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