U.S. Congress Passes COVID-19 Relief Package Including Significant Provisions for Physician Practices
On December 22, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, a comprehensive omnibus spending package that funds the federal government through fiscal year 2021, provides a new round of COVID-19 relief and economic stimulus, and imposes new restrictions on surprise medical billing. With respect to COVID-19 relief, the legislation would ease the impact of the Medicare fee schedule budget neutrality adjustments in calendar year 2021 due to improved evaluation and management office visit payment and coding rules, as well as an extension of the 2% Medicare sequester moratorium through March 2021.
The surprise billing provisions include significant improvements over previous proposals, including a robust independent dispute resolution system.
Other significant provisions related to health care, medical education, and public health include:
To read the full text of the act, please click here: Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021
To read a detailed summary, click here: COVID-19 Relief Package Summary