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AHA Special Bulletin: House and Senate Pass Two-Month Physician Fix - No cuts to hospitals included

December 23, 2011

The House and Senate today gave final approval to a two-month extension of the Social Security payroll tax holiday and emergency unemployment insurance benefits, along with a two-month extension of the current Medicare physician payment rates, thereby preventing a 27.4% cut to Medicare physician payments that was scheduled to take effect Jan. 1. Learn More

House Passage of Two-Month Physician Payment Fix Uncertain - Reductions to hospital services could still be on the table during congressional end-game

December 18, 2011

According to various reports, House passage of the Senate's two-month extension of the Social Security (SS) payroll tax holiday and emergency unemployment insurance (UI) benefits, along with a two-month extension of the current Medicare physician payment rates (thereby preventing a 27.4% cut to Medicare physician payments slated for Jan. 1), could be in jeopardy. Learn More

Senate Passes Two-Month Physician Fix - No cuts to hospitals included

December 17, 2011

The Senate this morning, by a vote of 89-10, passed a two-month extension of the Social Security (SS) payroll tax holiday and emergency unemployment insurance (UI) benefits, along with a two-month extension of the current Medicare physician payment rates, thereby preventing a 27.4% cut to Medicare physician payments that was scheduled to take effect Jan. 1. Learn More

HHS Intends to Delay Stage 2 for 'Meaningful Use' of EHRs

November 30, 2011

Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced that the department intends to delay the proposed start of Stage 2 meaningful use requirements for the Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record incentive programs until fiscal year 2014 (October 1, 2013 for hospitals). Learn More

Supercommittee Fails to Reach an Agreement

November 21, 2011

The co-chairs of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction today announced that the committee has failed to come to an agreement on a deficit reduction strategy. Learn More

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