Friday, December 17, 2010

Victory: “Doc Fix” Bill Repeals RUG-IV Delay and Extends Therapy Caps Exceptions Process

December 17, 2010

This week, President Obama signed into law the Medicare and Medicaid Extenders Act of 2010 (H.R. 4994), which contains the repeal of the RUG-IV implementation delay and an extension of the therapy exceptions process until December 31, 2011. AHCA/NCAL applauds both Congress and the President for addressing these critical issues before the end of the year.

More importantly, we applaud the work of the long term and post acute care community. Your calls, letters and emails made a difference, and we can truly say that high quality patient care is preserved thanks to your work.

Other important components of the new law include the extensions of the Medicaid Qualifying Individual Program and the Medicaid Transitional Medical Assistance Program until December 31, 2011. The Qualifying Individual Program permits Medicaid to cover the Part B premiums for those Medicare beneficiaries with incomes between 120% and 135% of the poverty level. The Transitional Medical Assistance enables Medicaid beneficiaries to maintain their coverage as their incomes increase due to changes in employment. 

For more information on the bill, read our complete summary.

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