Doc cuts to go into effect today

Beginning Friday, doctors treating Medicare patients will be hit with a 21 percent cut for all claims filed in June, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today.  

Although the cut technically took hold at the start of the month, CMS has twice delayed it, telling claims handlers to hold claims in lieu of processing them. The idea was to postpone the cut until Congress acted to prevent it. 

On Friday, however, CMS instructed those contractors to start paying June claims — including the 21 percent cut.

Although the Senate on Friday passed legislation delaying the cut through November, House lawmakers, having left town for the weekend, have yet to act on the bill. The House is expected to consider the doc-fix proposal early next week.