Government Shutdown Won't Affect Medicare Claims

Medicare claims will continue to be paid despite the government shutdown, the American Medical Association says.

An AMA advisory said other Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) activities, "including health care fraud and abuse control, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, and activities related to implementation of the Affordable Care Act, will continue. States will continue to receive funding for Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program." 

AMA says a Department of Health and Human Services staffing contingency plan shows that government operations "authorized by law, including those that do not rely on annual appropriations, and those that involve the safety of human life and protection of property will largely be unaffected."

Operations not continuing during the shutdown, AMA says, include discretionary funding for health care fraud and abuse strike force teams; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention seasonal influenza program; payments under the Children's Hospital Graduate Medical Education Program and the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program; Food and Drug Administration food safety, nutrition, and cosmetics activities; and recertification and initial surveys for Medicare and Medicaid providers. 

Action, Oct. 1, 2013

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March 04, 2019