Congress Leaves CMHCs Out in the Cold, But AMHCA & LMFTs Are Regrouping
By James K. Finley
Associate Executive Director and Director of Public Policy
Medicare Legislation Falters
House and Senate consideration of the Medicare “doc fix” legislation took an abrupt detour onto the Road to Confusion the last full week of March, but ultimately Congress produced a bill on March 31, which President Obama is expected to sign shortly. The legislation is essential to prevent a 24 percent cut in Medicare outpatient fees that will otherwise occur on April 1, but consensus on how or what to pass broke down suddenly during the final days of March.
and Senate bills included our provider status legislation.
Medicare Bill Will Delay ICD-10 Conversion
In a bit of a surprise, hospital groups and some physician groups were able to add a provision to the House Medicare legislation that would delay the transition deadline for the International Classification of Diseases codes, ICD-10, for one year. The deadline had been Oct. 1, 2014.
(For more information about the changing ICD-10 codes, see the February 2014 Advocate.)
AMHCA Testimony on Medicare and Medicaid
Several key members of Congress were so impressed with AMHCA’s recent “Dashed Hopes” report on state Medicaid expansion that they invited AMHCA to testify March 26 before a House committee on solutions to the back up of emergency department patients seeking hospital psychiatric care.
Very large omnibus veterans legislation that includes AMHCA’s provision to hire clinical mental health counseling interns at the VA (S.1982) unexpectedly failed a procedural vote on the Senate floor in late February. Veterans Affairs Committee Chair Sen. Bernie Sanders (D–Vt.) has placed the larger bill on hold while he tries to round up more Republican support for the additional spending.
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