On November 29, the House sent legislation to the President postponing the 23% Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) cut one month through December 31, 2010. The bill (HR 5712) passed the House by voice vote and the Senate by unanimous consent. Congressional Quarterly reports that the President is expected to quickly sign the bill.
As you know, halting the SGR cut and other Medicare payment reductions remains a top priority of the APA Practice Organization. We are pleased that Congress has temporarily prevented a massive cut to psychologist payments, but a longer term solution is necessary. Legislators have indicated that they will now begin to negotiate a bill to address the SGR for part or all of 2011 and that they intend to include other Medicare extenders.
We must continue to press our elected officials to ensure the final SGR bill includes the 5% psychotherapy payment restoration extension.
Thanks especially to those of you who have made your voices heard over the past few weeks. We will keep you posted as your grassroots support is needed in the days ahead.
Jeff Cook, J.D.
Director of Field & State Operations
American Psychological Association Practice Organization
750 First Street, NE Washington, DC 20002
(202) 336-5875 (Office)
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