APTA has long supported allowing physical therapists to "opt out" of the Medicare program and privately contract with Medicare beneficiaries. APTA believes that Medicare beneficiaries should be empowered to select the health professional of their choice and would support legislative change to allow for physical therapists and other health care professionals to privately contract with beneficiaries.
On March 21, 2013, Representative Tom Price (R-GA) introduced the Medicare Patient Empowerment Act of 2013 (HR 1310), which would provide physical therapists with the ability to privately contract with Medicare beneficiaries.
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How to Take Action
APTA Members: Go to APTA's Legislative Action Center, click "Take Action" under "Support the Medicare Patient Empowerment Act of 2013 (HR 1310)," and follow the instructions. If you have time, please personalize the e-mail.
Nonmember PTs/PTAs and Patients: E-mail your legislators using the action letter in our Patient Action Center.