CMS instructs Medicare Administrative Contractors to temporarily hold claims

March 30, 2021

Last week, the Senate passed legislation that would extend the moratorium on a 2% Medicare sequester through the public health emergency for COVID-19. Consequently, the House will need to pass the Senate language when it returns from its recess in mid-April. The House is expected to pass the Senate bill; however, CMS has instructed Medicare Administrative Contractors to hold all claims with dates of service on or after April 1, 2021 in anticipation of Congress extending the suspension in order to reduce the number of claims that would need to be reprocessed by MACs.

Medicare has released a MLN Connects newsletter about this issue.  The newsletter archive can be found here.