Senate Passes Extension for Exceptions Procedure to Medicare Treatment Caps

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The U.S. Senate the day prior to this handed a big invoice that integrated an extension, during the finish of 2010, to the exceptions procedure for the Medicare remedy caps.  PAN is happy that the Senate took motion in this factor this is so vital to the Parkinson’s group.  We sit up for running with the Area to increase the exceptions procedure for the remedy caps.

The Medicare remedy caps are limits at the quantity of outpatient bodily, speech, and occupational remedy a Medicare beneficiary can obtain each and every calendar 12 months.  For 2010, Medicare will quilt a mixed remedy cap of $1,860 for outpatient bodily remedy and speech language pathology products and services, and a separate cap of $1,860 for outpatient occupational remedy products and services.  As soon as the prohibit of $1860 has been reached, beneficiaries who require further products and services in a 12-month length are liable for 100% of the associated fee.  In 2006 Congress created an exceptions procedure that permits get entry to to medically vital products and services with out further prices.

Congress allowed the exceptions procedure to run out on December 31, 2009 and subsequently the cap prohibit of $1,860 went into impact on January 1, 2010.  On March 2, Congress prolonged the Medicare remedy cap exceptions procedure thru March 31, 2010 and retroactively to January 1, 2010.

Now that the Senate has handed an extension to the exceptions procedure, just right during the finish of the 12 months, it’s incumbent at the Area to do the similar ahead of March 31.  PAN may even proceed to paintings strongly for an enduring repeal of the Medicare Treatment Caps.