Senate failure to pass 30-day extension causes 21.3 percent cut to Medicare physician payments on April 1.


The Senate has adjourned for 2 weeks without postponing the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) Medicare Physician Fee Schedule reduction. For the past several months, since the problem arose 1/1/10, carriers have responded by advising physicians to hold claims for a 10 day period to provide Congress more time. No announcement has been made regrding any extension so far.