Dear OSCA members,
The last few weeks the OSCA office has been following a bill in Congress that would reformulate how Medicare reimburses physicians and other healthcare providers across the country. Without congressional action, doctors would face a 21% cut in payments starting April 1. Last week the US House of Representatives passed a bill that would eliminate any threat of reduction healthcare providers could face who treat Medicare patients. However, the US Senate failed to pass the same measure before they headed out on a two week recess. Currently, the OSCA office is being told President Obama is granting Medicare a two week grace period from the date the cuts were supposed to take effect. The new deadline for physician reimbursement cuts would be April 14th.
Just last night our office was in touch with US Senator Rob Portman’s office getting an update on this bill and we were told the Senate will be taking action on this legislation prior to the cuts taking effect. Additionally, the OSCA has been in contact with our national associations and they are communicating to us they have heard the same thing from their contacts on Capitol Hill. We have also been told the SGR fight in Congress has been going on for over 15 years and each time Congress has remedied the issue. The OSCA and our national associations feel confident that when the US Senate returns in two weeks they will fix the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will provide additional information on or before April 11, 2015, about the status of Congressional action to avert the negative update and next steps. Once the OSCA hears from CMS we will alert our membership should we need to take action.
If any of you have questions regarding this email or would like further information on the Medicare bill please contact Nicholas Strata at the OSCA Executive Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 614-229-5290.
Dr. Kreg Huffer Dr. Darla Lammers
President Chair, Chiropractic Political Action Committee