I am pleased to report that Congress has sent legislation to the President halting the 25% Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) cut for one full year through the end of 2011. Thanks to the tireless work of grassroots psychologists and our team in Washington, I am thrilled to inform you that the measure includes a hard-fought one-year extension of the 5% psychotherapy payment restoration.
This will ensure the continuation of $30 million in Medicare reimbursements for 2011. The bill also provides financial resources to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to process backlogged payments for claims since January 1, 2010 to which the restoration will be retroactively applied.
The Medicare and Medicaid Extenders Act of 2010 (HR 4994) passed the Senate by unanimous consent on December 8 and the House 409-2 on December 9. The President has expressed his support and is expected to sign the bill shortly.
As you know, Medicare reimbursement and psychologist payment issues remain a top priority for the APA Practice Organization. While we continue to face a challenging environment and complex battles on payment issues, this victory demonstrates the power of your determined advocacy – working together we are able to achieve positive legislative outcomes that have a real impact for practitioners and their patients.
Thanks for your hard work!
Jeff Cook, J.D.
Director of Field & State Operations
American Psychological Association Practice Organization
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