By a vote of 64-35, the Senate this evening passed the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (H.R. 4302), a bill that provides a one-year extension of relief from a scheduled 24 percent cut in Medicare physician payments. H.R. 4302 also extends expiring Medicare provisions and halts the implementation of ICD-10 for a year. Among other offsets is an extension of the Medicare sequestration cuts and Medicaid disproportionate share hospital cuts.
The bill, which the House passed last week, now heads to the president, who is expected to sign it shortly.
Read Premier’s Flash Update sent out last week, which describes the bill in greater detail.