Congress on Track to Extend Sequestration Suspension; Medicare Claims Delays Possible


March 25, 2021

Congress on Track to Extend Sequestration Suspension; Medicare Claims Delays Possible

On March 25, the US Senate passed H.R. 1868, which would extend the suspension of sequestration cuts through the end of the year. As a reminder, previous legislation suspended the two percent sequestration cuts to Medicare payments through March 31, 2021.

The US House of Representatives is currently on recess, but it is likely that the House will pass the bill when it returns the week of April 11.

If the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) receives input that the House will pass this legislation and it will ultimately be signed into law, it is likely that Medicare claims will be delayed so that they do not have to be reconciled to account for the sequestration suspension. The agency and contractors have worked through similar timing issues in the past, and we do not anticipate any implementation problems that would significantly delay claims processing beyond the two first two weeks of April.

Please contact Steve Selde with questions.