Fee Schedule Update – April 1st Deadline Will Not Be Met [03-30-10]

Filed under: Industry Updates — Editor @ 11:05 am

The health care reform bills recently passed by Congress do not include a fix for the physician fee schedule (inclusive of Part B therapy services). Because of its great cost, the Democratic leadership wanted to deal with the issue separately from health care reform. (more…)

Therapy Cap Exception Process Extended Throuhg 2010 [03-30-10]

Filed under: Industry Updates — Editor @ 10:51 am

Section 3103 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA”) which President Obama signed into law last Tuesday extends the exceptions process for the outpatient therapy caps until December 31, 2010. While a welcome reprieve, Congress will have to revisit the issue again before the end of the year if another sunset of the exceptions process is to be avoided on January 1, 2011.

Presidential “Deals” with the American People [03-29-10]

Filed under: Industry Updates — Editor @ 10:19 am

Teddy Roosevelt started it all by giving the American people the “Square Deal”, his domestic program formed upon three basic ideas: conservation of natural resources, control of corporations, and consumer protection. (more…)

Health Care Reform – What’s In So Far [03-25-10]

Filed under: Industry Updates — Editor @ 2:20 pm

President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (“PPACA”) on Tuesday March 23 and the Senate is now debating the reconciliation bill – the Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act of 2010 (“Reconciliation Bill”) – that was passed by the House on March 21. We cannot yet predict the full impact of this historic legislation or the final terms of the Reconciliation Bill.  We can state for certain that fundamental changes will be required for all plans, the process is fluid and there are many in Congress who look to make further amendments to this law. Several lawmakers have commented that they are voting for this bill as a first step but that they hope to make further changes before some of the provisions take effect. The following portions of the PPACA are unchanged in the Reconciliation Bill and have become law: (more…)

The Bill Is Passed [03-22-10]

Filed under: Industry Updates — Editor @ 9:18 am

The House passed the Senate’s health care reform proposal (H.R. 3590) late last night by a vote of 219-212.  All Republicans and 34 House Democrats voted against the bill.  Then, House Democrats followed this significant vote by passing its reconciliation package, entitled the Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act of 2010 (H.R. 4872), by a vote of 220-211.  These votes followed several hours of lively debate and without use of the “self-executing” rule that was argued ad nauseam over the past week.   (more…)

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