The U.S. House of Representatives on March 26 expects to vote on a Medicare physician reimbursement arrangement that would replace the current Sustainable Growth Rate formula. The bi-partisan bill being pushed by top leaders currently has no language that could lead to a further delay in the Oct. 1, 2015 ICD-10 compliance date. However, there is no guarantee that will hold.
The replacement reimbursement arrangement would give physicians treating Medicare patients an annual payment increase of 0.5 percent for the next five years, with value-based payments starting after that time. The legislation, H.R. 2, also calls for a further delay in enforcement of the two-midnight rule for hospital payments, pushing it out to Sept. 30, 2015.
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