Urology: Continuing our series on ICD-10-CM basics we are offering high-level primers to illustrate the differences on specific documentation requirements for various specialties.
House and Senate leaders introduced legislation on Thursday to permanently fix the physician's Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula and extend CHIP and other "extenders,” while still working on offsets and other policies that will be attached.
Building on the Pioneer and Shared Savings programs, on March 10, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the launch of its new Next Generation ACO Model.
Source: Kaiser Health News, Could Congress Be Ready To Fix Medicare Pay For Doctors? March 16, 2015 Today’s problem is a result of efforts years ago to control federal spending – a 1997 deficit reduction law that called for setting Medicare physician payment rate
Many believe that Congress will again pass a short-term pay-fix before attempting a permanent repeal of the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR). The temp fix passed last year expires on March 31, 2015. There are reports, however, that House and Senate leaderships are currently discussing a way to implement a permanent pay-fix before the March expiration date.