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Capitol Hill Report: Senate Holds Up SGR, Promises Future Vote

March 27, 2015

By Mike Amery, Senior Legislative Counsel, Federal Affairs

Senate Holds Up SGR, Promises Future Vote
Senate leadership has held up the vote on eliminating the Medicare sustained growth rate (SGR) until Congress returns from its Easter recess the week of April 13. The 21-percent SGR cut will go into effect on March 31. However, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has indicated that they will hold Medicare billing claims for up to two weeks to prevent the impact of the cuts affecting physician reimbursements. Based on past experience, holding claims for 14 days or less is unlikely to cause significant disruptions to neurology practices.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) have both said they expect the bill to be passed quickly after the body reconvenes. The House passed its bill on Thursday by an overwhelming bipartisan margin. President Obama has said he will sign the bill once it clears Congress.

Our advocacy team in Washington will continue its efforts lobbying senators to vote in favor of this measure. The AAN will continue to work with its members and with other medical specialties to ensure the Senate hears our voice, passes the bill, and sends it to the president before the true impact of SGR cuts is felt. As we mentioned in yesterday’s Action Alert, it is important that your voice be heard. Watch for another Action Alert from the AAN in April when Congress resumes.

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