CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.R. 5712 is expected to be considered on the House floor on Monday, November 29, 2010, under a suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. The Senate passed the bill by unanimous consent on November 18, 2010.
The bill is a one-month doc fix, which prevents a reduction in reimbursement rates to doctors treating Medicare patients. To pay for the doc fix, the bill reduces payments to providers for multiple therapy services.
In June 2010, the House and the Senate approved legislation to prevent a reduction in Medicare payments to doctors until November 30, 2010. While this bill prevents a reduction in payments to physicians, it is only a one month fix, which will expire on December 31, 2010.
CBO estimates the one-month doc fix is expected to cost taxpayers $1 billion. The legislation is fully offset by a reduction in payments for multiple therapy services.