Tuesday, October 01, 2013 Federal Government Shutdown Begins Today The federal government began a shutdown today that will affect daily operations of most federal agencies. At the time of writing, congress has yet to reach an agreement on a federal budget, leaving both duration of the shutdown and the final outcome of the budget for the next fiscal year uncertain. Payment for services provided to Medicare beneficiaries should not be impacted in the near term, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which stated that Medicare Administrative Contractors will continue to perform all functions related to Medicare fee-for-services claims processing and payment during the shutdown. Additionally any ongoing Medicare provider enrollment applications, revalidations or changes to enrollment will also continue to be processed. Members of APTA who are employed by the federal government should check with their agencies to find out about individual impacts. The Washington Post has published a helpful interactive guide on agency responses to the shutdown. Staff at APTA will continue to update members regarding congressional negotiations to resolve the budget impasse.