House to vote on bid delay bill

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives plans to vote on a bill this afternoon that would hit pause on a second round of Medicare reimbursement cuts that went into effect in non-bid areas on July 1.

Lawmakers have placed the bill, H.R. 5210, on the suspension calendar for a vote at 2 p.m. EST, according to The VGM Group. Once the bill is passed in the House, it will move to the Senate for approval, VGM says.

The bill, known as the Patient Access to Durable Medical Equipment Act of 2016 or PADME, would delay the cuts—which, together with the first round of cuts, average 51.1% compared to the fee schedule amounts in 2015—for three months, until Oct. 1, 2016.

Before the July 4th recess, the Senate passed a bill that would delay the second round of cuts for one year, until July 1, 2017. The House, however, failed to pass its bill before the recess.

Live floor proceedings from the House can be viewed at