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With a moratorium on a 2% sequestration-related payment back in place, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services says that providers shouldn't worry about claims for services delivered during a brief time in April before the latest moratorium was officially signed into law.

Because the new suspension of the cut is retroactive to April 1, providers will still be able to avoid the 2% cut that would've returned when the previous moratorium expired on March 31. In a recent announcement CMS stated it will now release any previously held claims with dates or service on or after April 1, or reprocess any claims that it paid with the 2% reduction applied.

Bottom line: Providers don't need to take any action to receive proper payment for claims with dates of service on or after April 1, 2021.

The sequestration cut is suspended through Dec. 31, 2021.


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