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Congress Passes One-Year “Doc Fix”

The U.S. Senate on Monday passed a 12-month “doc-fix” bill to avert the 24% cut in Medicare reimbursement to physicians that would have taken effect on April 1, absent congressional action.  The legislation, approved by the House of Representatives last week, was signed into law by the President. 

HANYS and its advocacy partners succeeded in ensuring that hospitals and health systems were largely protected from major reductions, while securing positive provisions such as an extension of the Medicare Dependent Hospital and Low-Volume programs (an estimated annual impact of $14.7 million to New York) and a delay until 2017 of Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) cuts. HANYS’ detailed summary of the package is available to members online. 

HANYS will continue efforts to address key priorities not included in the package, including relief from the “two-midnight” rule through the establishment of a short-stay inpatient outlier payment, and relief for those hospitals hit hardest by Medicare DSH reductions.  Contact: Elyse Oveson

Published April 2, 2014