Mandatory Payment Reductions in the Medicare FFS Program – "Sequestration"

Originally posted from CMS –
As required by law, President Obama issued a sequestration order on March 1, 2013 requiring across-the-board reductions in Federal spending.
In general, Medicare FFS claims with dates-of-service or dates-of-discharge on or after April 1, 2013, will incur a 2 percent reduction in Medicare payments. Therefore, to prevent making overpayments, interim and pass-through payments related to the Medicare cost report will be reduced by 2 percent.   Beginning April 1, 2013 the 2 percent reduction will be applied to Periodic Interim Payments (PIP), Critical Access Hospital (CAH) and Cancer Hospital interim payments, and pass-through payments for Graduate Medical Education, Organ Acquisition, and Medicare Bad Debts.
Questions about reimbursement should be directed to your Medicare Administrative Contractor.