Providing Stability and Security for Medicare Reimbursements, 37973 [2010-16128]

Download as PDF 37973 Presidential Documents Federal Register Vol. 75, No. 125 Wednesday, June 30, 2010 Title 3— Memorandum of June 25, 2010 The President Providing Stability and Security for Medicare Reimbursements Memorandum for the Secretary of Health and Human Services I have today signed into law H.R. 3962, the ‘‘Preservation of Access to Care for Medicare Beneficiaries and Pension Relief Act of 2010’’, which averts a 21.3 percent reduction in the Medicare physician fee schedule and replaces it with a 2.2 percent increase through November 2010. By this memorandum, I request that you immediately take the following steps to minimize any disruption to, or administrative burden on, Medicare physicians and other affected providers and to minimize any disruption in the ability of Medicare beneficiaries to access necessary services: (a) Direct the Medicare claims administration contractors to immediately implement the legislative update to the physician fee schedule conversion factor; (b) Provide all appropriate resources for the Medicare claims administration contractors to ensure the update is implemented as rapidly as possible; (c) Direct the Medicare claims administration contractors to automatically reprocess, to the extent feasible, any claims reflecting the 21.3 percent fee schedule reduction, in order to relieve the administrative burden on physician practices; (d) Take all necessary steps, to the extent permitted by law, to protect Medicare beneficiaries from any disruption to their access to services that may be occasioned by the reprocessing of claims; and (e) Reopen the 2010 Annual Participation Enrollment Program through July 16, 2010, to allow physicians and other affected providers an additional opportunity to participate in Medicare. This memorandum is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person. THE WHITE HOUSE, Washington, June 25, 2010. [FR Doc. 2010–16128 Filed 6–29–10; 11:15 am] Billing code 4150–42–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:53 Jun 29, 2010 Jkt 220001 PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4705 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\30JNO0.SGM 30JNO0 OB#1.EPS</GPH> emcdonald on DSK2BSOYB1PROD with MISCELLANEOUS You are hereby authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.

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Memorandum of June 25, 2010--Providing Stability and Security for 
Medicare Reimbursements


                        Presidential Documents 



Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 125 / Wednesday, June 30, 2010 / 
Presidential Documents

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Title 3--
The President

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                Memorandum of June 25, 2010

                
Providing Stability and Security for Medicare 
                Reimbursements

                Memorandum for the Secretary of Health and Human 
                Services

                I have today signed into law H.R. 3962, the 
                ``Preservation of Access to Care for Medicare 
                Beneficiaries and Pension Relief Act of 2010'', which 
                averts a 21.3 percent reduction in the Medicare 
                physician fee schedule and replaces it with a 2.2 
                percent increase through November 2010. By this 
                memorandum, I request that you immediately take the 
                following steps to minimize any disruption to, or 
                administrative burden on, Medicare physicians and other 
                affected providers and to minimize any disruption in 
                the ability of Medicare beneficiaries to access 
                necessary services:

                (a) Direct the Medicare claims administration 
                contractors to immediately implement the legislative 
                update to the physician fee schedule conversion factor;

                (b) Provide all appropriate resources for the Medicare 
                claims administration contractors to ensure the update 
                is implemented as rapidly as possible;

                (c) Direct the Medicare claims administration 
                contractors to automatically reprocess, to the extent 
                feasible, any claims reflecting the 21.3 percent fee 
                schedule reduction, in order to relieve the 
                administrative burden on physician practices;

                (d) Take all necessary steps, to the extent permitted 
                by law, to protect Medicare beneficiaries from any 
                disruption to their access to services that may be 
                occasioned by the reprocessing of claims; and

                (e) Reopen the 2010 Annual Participation Enrollment 
                Program through July 16, 2010, to allow physicians and 
                other affected providers an additional opportunity to 
                participate in Medicare.

                This memorandum is not intended to, and does not, 
                create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, 
                enforceable at law or in equity by any party against 
                the United States, its departments, agencies, or 
                entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any 
                other person.

                You are hereby authorized and directed to publish this 
                memorandum in the Federal Register.
                
                
                    (Presidential Sig.)

                THE WHITE HOUSE,

                    Washington, June 25, 2010.

[FR Doc. 2010-16128
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