Congress Adjourns Without Final Action on Medicare Cuts
On December 22, Congress recessed for the year without completing final action on legislation to extend 2005 Medicare physician payment rates through 2006. As a result, the scheduled 4.4% cut did go into effect on January 1, 2006. Because the House and Senate passed identical provisions to halt the cut and final action was held up only because of unrelated procedural issues, it is likely that the legislation to reverse the cut will pass when Congress returns in mid-to-late January. Congress is expected to make physicians "whole" for any losses experienced due to the cuts. ACP will continue to press Congress to return as soon as possible to complete action on the legislation. For information on how you can help, visit our Legislative Action Center.
2006 Medicare Physician Payment and Claims Processing: Questions and Answers
For more information about the 2006 Medicare fee schedule, contact your carriers.
Page updated: 01-13-06