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Congressional ‘Dear Colleague’ Letter to Stop Mental Health (MEI) Cut

On July 30th I sent you an information alert about the 2011 Medicare fee schedule proposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The proposed fee schedule included some expected reimbursement cuts to all provider services related to the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula and changes to the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI). […]

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Pressure Needed On Medicare Mental Health Extender During August Recess

As you may recall, in 2007 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) implemented across-the-board cuts to provider reimbursements as a result of the five-year review regulatory process, which had a disproportionately negative impact on psychological services due to the way Medicare allocates value for services. Following the grassroots mobilization of practicing psychologists across […]

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Responses Needed For Critical Code Survey Affecting Reimbursement Values

Medicare reimbursement has been front and center on Capitol Hill over the past several months. The involvement of practicing psychologists across the country in grassroots advocacy played a key role in ensuring the enactment of several laws extending the 5% payment restoration for Medicare psychotherapy services and preventing the 21.3% Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) cut. […]

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House Passes Bill That Halts Sustainable Growth Rate Cut (06/24/10)

I am pleased to report that Congress has finally sent legislation to the President to postpone the 21.3% Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) cut retroactive to June 1 and through November 30, 2010.  The House approved the stand-alone bill (HR 3962) by an overwhelming vote of 417-1.  The roll call will be made available at http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2010/roll393.xml.  […]

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Updates On The Sustainable Growth Rate Vote (06/24/10)

Jeff Cook from the American Psychological Association Practice Organization is currently providing updates on the impending Congressional vote expected this evening related to the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR). This is an extremely important event for healthcare providers who accept health insurance, especially Medicare/Medicaid. I will condense his hour-by-hour updates in this post, but will create […]

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