Tag Archives: sequestration

Medicare Sequestration Extended through FY 2029 under New Budget Law

While the latest federal budget agreement signed into law earlier this month provides a reprieve from statutory budget caps for certain defense and domestic programs, it extends Medicare sequestration cuts for an additional two years.  Specifically, section 402 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019 (P.L. 116-37) extends the 2% across-the-board reduction to Medicare provider … Continue Reading

GAO Report Shows Medicare Bearing Largest Burden from Sequestration Cuts

Medicare cuts comprised 58% of all sequestration savings in fiscal year (FY) 2014 — $11.3 billion out of $19.4 billion in total sequestration funds — according to a new GAO report. Under current sequestration law, across-the-board cuts to Medicare provider and plan payments are capped at 2%, while other types of federal spending are subject … Continue Reading

Bipartisan Budget Law Extends Medicare Sequestration, Includes Medicaid Drug Rebate, Off-Campus Hospital Outpatient Department, CMP Inflation Policies

On November 2, 2015, President Obama signed into law H.R. 1314, the “Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015” (BBA).  The two-year, $80 billion budget/debt-ceiling deal is funded in part by several significant Medicare and Medicaid policies, including an extension of Medicare sequestration, changes to Medicare payment for services provided in “new” off-campus hospital outpatient departments (OPDs), … Continue Reading

Pending Budget Deal Includes Medicare Sequestration Extension, Other Medicare/Medicaid Cuts

Outgoing House Speaker John Boehner and the Obama Administration have reached agreement on a two-year, $80 billion budget/debt-ceiling deal that includes Medicare and Medicaid “offsets” to finance other spending. For instance, while the budget would provide $80 billion in discretionary spending sequestration relief over two years, it would extend Medicare sequestration for an additional year, … Continue Reading

House Rejects Contentious Trade Bill that Was Vehicle for Extension of Medicare Sequestration

As previously reported, Congress has been considering financing Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) reauthorization legislation in part through future Medicare provider cuts. Specifically, as approved by the Senate on May 22, 2015, H.R. 1314 would apply a 0.25% across-the-board cut, known as sequestration, to Medicare provider and plan payments during the second half of FY 2024, … Continue Reading

Pending Trade Legislation Would Extend Medicare Sequestration

The House and Senate are considering trade legislation that would be financed in part by $700 million from extended Medicare sequestration authority – much to the consternation of the health care provider community. By way of background, under the “Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014” (PAMA), Congress “front-loaded” the Medicare reimbursement cuts under the … Continue Reading

President Signs Medicare Physician Fee Schedule/SGR Patch with Numerous Health Policy Provisions

On April 1, 2014, President Obama signed into law H.R. 4302, the "Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014" ("the Act"). The Act includes a one-year Medicare physician fee schedule fix that averts a nearly 24 percent payment cut set for April 1, 2014, but which falls far short of earlier hopes for full repeal of the current sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula. The Act also includes numerous other Medicare payment and policy changes, including skilled nursing facility value-based purchasing provisions, reforms to the physician fee schedule relative valuation process, a new framework for clinical laboratory payments, a variety of changes impacting imaging services, changes in the exceptions for long term care hospitals, and extension of certain expiring provisions. In other areas, the bill includes a one-year delay in the transition to ICD-10, changes to the timetable for Medicaid disproportionate share hospital cuts, and "front-loading" of the 2024 Medicare sequestration reduction.… Continue Reading

Congress Approves 1-Year Extension of Medicare Sequestration

On February 11, 2014, Congress approved a one-year extension of Medicare sequestration cuts as part of a bill (an amendment to S. 25) to restore certain military retiree pension benefits.  Under the legislation, current 2% across-the-board cuts to Medicare provider payments would be extended through 2024 (instead of 2023).  While the savings from the sequestration … Continue Reading

President Signs 2-Year Funding Bill with Medicare SGR Patch, Sequestration Extension for Medicare Providers

On December 26, 2013, President Obama signed into law H.J. Res. 59, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013, which includes the Pathway for SGR Reform Act of 2013 ("the Act"). In addition to establishing federal budget targets for fiscal years (FYs) 2014 and 2015, the Act includes a number of provisions impacting the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Most notably, the Act provides a short-term reprieve from a looming Medicare physician fee schedule cut while lawmakers work to finalize a longer-term solution. It also extends Medicare provider payment cuts under existing sequestration authority for two years and makes a variety of other policy changes. The Act's major Medicare and Medicaid provisions are summarized in our full post.… Continue Reading

CMS Sequestration Guidance for State Surveyors, Medicare Part C & D Plans

CMS has issued guidance to state survey agencies explaining adjustments CMS is making to survey and certification operations to "accommodate sequestration with as little impact on the public as possible." The guidance discusses revisions in the frequency and timelines for various surveys and other survey changes in light of a 5% reduction to the FY … Continue Reading

President Signs Government Funding Bill Maintaining FY 2013 Medicare Sequestration Cuts

On March 26, 2013, President Obama signed into law H.R. 933, a continuing resolution  that averts a government shutdown by funding the government through the remainder of fiscal year 2013 (through September 30, 2013). The funding bill is subject to the sequestration order triggered by the Budget Control Act, although funding was increased for a limited … Continue Reading

CMS Provides More Details on Sequestration Cuts

As previously reported, on March 1, 2013, President Obama issued a sequestration order (required by law) that triggers automatic cuts to most federal programs, including a 2% cut to Medicare payments to providers and health plans. The cuts generally apply to Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) claims with dates-of-service or dates-of-discharge on or after April 1, 2013. … Continue Reading

CMS Issues First Guidance on Sequestration Impact on Medicare

As required by law, on March 1, 2013, President Obama issued a sequestration order triggering automatic cuts to a wide range of federal programs, including Medicare payments to providers and health plans. On March 8, 2013, CMS released its first guidance on sequestration, in the form of an “e-News” message to providers. CMS confirms that Medicare … Continue Reading

Medicare and Sequestration – What Happens Now?

Due to continuing budget gridlock in Washington, sequestration has been triggered – meaning automatic cuts to a wide range of federal programs, including Medicare payments to providers and health plans. While the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has not yet announced detailed plans for implementing the sequester requirements for its programs, this Alert answers … Continue Reading

Fiscal Cliff Deal Includes Medicare Cuts and Other Health Policy Changes

On January 2, 2013, President Obama signed into law (via autopen) the "fiscal cliff" deal, H.R. 8, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA). In addition to making well-publicized changes to the tax code, the new law includes numerous Medicare payment provisions. Most notably, the law includes a one-year Medicare physician fee schedule (MPFS) fix that is paid for by approximately $30 billion in other health care (mainly Medicare) spending reductions over 10 years. ATRA also delays until March 2013 the automatic, across-the-board "sequestration" cuts in federal spending imposed by the Budget Control Act of 2011, which are expected to reduce Medicare provider payments by more than $11 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2013 and $123 billion over the period of FY 2013 to 2021. The delay in sequestration, coupled with the government again reaching its debt ceiling, sets up another near-term battle on federal spending, during which Medicare, Medicaid, and other health care programs could be targeted for even more significant cuts. The health provisions of ATRA are summarized in our client alert.… Continue Reading

Congress Clears Short-Term Government Funding Bill

The House and Senate have approved a temporary spending bill (H.J.Res. 117) to prevent a federal government shutdown in light of Congress’ failure to reach agreement on the regular appropriations bills before the start of the new fiscal year on October 1, 2012. The short-term measure funds the government until March 27, 2013, generally at spending … Continue Reading

Budget Sequestration (“Fiscal Cliff”) to Cost Medicare Providers $11 Billion in FY 2013, White House Reports

Medicare providers are facing $11.085 billion in automatic, across-the-board cuts for fiscal year (FY) 2013 under the terms of last year's political compromise regarding the debt ceiling. Pursuant to this legislation, known as the Budget Control Act (BCA), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a report on September 14, 2012 detailing the spending cuts, known as sequestration, that will be triggered under the BCA. The cuts will go into effect on January 2, 2013 unless Congress and the Administration reach agreement on an alternative budget deal that supersedes the BCA - action that is unlikely to be considered until after the November elections and possibly not until 2013.… Continue Reading

House Approves Sequestration Replacement Plan with Health Provisions

On May 10, 2012, the House of Representatives approved H.R. 5652, the Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act of 2012, on a largely party-line vote. The legislation would replace certain across-the-board cuts to defense and domestic spending scheduled to begin in 2013 under last year’s Budget Control Act with a new package of domestic spending reductions made … Continue Reading

Deficit Reduction Super-Committee Fails to Reach Agreement, Stage Set for Sequestration

On November 21, 2011, the co-chairs of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, Representative Jeb Hensarling and Senator Patty Murray, announced that the panel would not be able to reach a deficit reduction agreement before the Committee’s deadline. Under the Budget Control Act, the bipartisan Joint Select Committee was required to identify $1.5 trillion in … Continue Reading