Updated on December 28, 2009
The US Senate passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590) on December 24, 2009. The process to reconcile the House and Senate versions will begin after the New Year.
Unfortunately, a permanent fix to the Medicare sustainable growth rate (SGR), as well as an amendment that would add neurology to the list of providers eligible for a primary care bonus, were not included in the final version of the Senate legislation. The Academy will continue to strongly advocate for neurology's inclusion as a specialty eligible for the primary care bonus during the reconciliation process of the Senate and House reform bills. In addition, the Academy will continue to push for separate legislation to permanently replace the flawed Medicare SGR formula.
On December 21, the Senate adopted a "managers amendment" that, according to the American Medical Association (AMA), contained items important to physicians, including:
Stay tuned to AAN.com for further updates.
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