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Sequestration cuts: Moratorium set to continue

Sequestration cuts: Moratorium set to continue

WASHINGTON – The Senate on March 25 overwhelmingly passed a compromise bill that would extend the moratorium on the 2% Medicare sequestration cuts through Dec. 31, 2021, according to industry stakeholders.  

“This legislation now will head back to the House for passage prior to being sent to President Biden’s desk,” VGM wrote in a bulletin.  

The vote follows the House of Representatives passing H.R. 1868, a bill to extend the moratorium through Dec. 31, 2021, on March 19; and two senators introducing S. 748, a bill to extend the moratorium through the public health emergency, on March 15.  

The moratorium is scheduled to expire on March 31, but the House is out on break until mid-April.  

“CMS has not communicated what it will do, for they do not comment on pending legislation,” MAMES wrote in a bulletin. “There is a possibility of holding payments until there is final approved legislation.”  


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