H.R. 5712: H.R. 5712, the Physician Payment and Therapy Relief Act of 2010

H.R. 5712

H.R. 5712, the Physician Payment and Therapy Relief Act of 2010

Sponsor
Rep. Sander M. Levin

Date
November 29, 2010 (111th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

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.    

Bill Summary

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.  

Background

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.

Cost

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.