Bid delay bill passes in Senate

Thursday, June 23, 2016

WASHINGTON – The Senate has passed a bill that would delay a second round of Medicare reimbursement cuts, according to the Council for Quality Respiratory Care.

Medicare plans to implement a second round of cuts in non-bid areas on July 1, following a first round of cuts that went into effect in those areas on Jan. 1. Together, they will reduce reimbursement, on average, 50%.

“We applaud the Senate for recognizing the urgency in passing this legislation before July 1, which will help to ensure that patient care is not jeopardized as a result of these Medicare cut,” said Dan Starck, chairman of the CQRC in a press release.

S. 2736, introduced by Sens. John Thune, R-S.D., and Heidi Keitkamp, D-N.D.,would delay the second round of cuts for one year, until July 1, 2017.

CQRC strongly urges the House of Representatives to follow the Senate’s lead and pass a companion bill, H.R. 5210. The bill has 116 co-sponsors.