Follow the latest actions in Congress as they happen, and find out how they affect physical therapists and physical therapist assistants. To receive these updates, as well as Action Alerts, in your inbox, join PTeam today!
- CMS Releases 2015 Proposed Payment Rules for Inpatient Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Facilities - 5/2/14
On Thursday, May 1, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the fiscal year (FY) 2015 payment and policy updates for the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) and Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Prospective Payment Systems (PPS) for FY 2015.
- There's Still Time to Meet with Your Legislators! - 4/25/14
Didn't get a chance to meet with your legislator in April? No problem! The House will be in recess May 12-16 and the Senat will be in recess May 26-30; now is the time to start requesting a May meeting with your members of Congress.
- Physical Therapy Advocacy at Home – How You Can Make a Difference - 4/10/14
Now that the Federal Advocacy Forum is over it is time to follow-up with your legislators at home.
- Congress Passes 1 Year Fix for SGR and the Medicare Therapy Cap - 3/31/14
Congress passed a 12-month patch for the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula today, which avoids a scheduled 24.1% payment cut to Medicare providers, and provides for a 0.5% payment update through December 31, 2014.
- House Passes Temporary Fix for SGR and the Therapy Cap; Senate Action to Come - 3/31/14
The House passed the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (HR 4302) today, which would avoid the scheduled 24.1% payment cut to Medicare providers and extend the therapy cap exceptions process for 12 months.
- Without Congressional Action Medicare Beneficiaries Will Be Out of Luck - 3/18/14
The federal government got lucky and closed for a snow day yesterday, but therapists and patients will be out of luck if Congress does not act on the therapy cap by March 31.
- House Passes SGR Legislation As Deadline Looms - 3/14/14
Earlier today, the House of Representatives passed the SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2014 (HR 4015) by a vote of 237-182 along mostly party lines.
- SGR Repeal Legislation Introduced: Tell Your Legislators to REPEAL THE CAP in the Final Bill - 2/7/14
In December, Congress passed a 3-month extension to prevent implementation of Medicare payment cuts associated with the sustainable growth rate (SGR) and a continuation of the Medicare therapy cap exceptions process.
- 2 New Tools for APTA Members: 2014 MPPR Calculator and AIM Website - 1/23/2014
New tools have been launched to help APTA members navigate payment and policy issues in 2014.
- 2014 Medicare Changes You Need to Know - 1/3/14
Before adjourning for the holidays, Congress passed the Pathway for SGR Reform Act of 2013, which took effect January 1, 2014, temporarily preventing a scheduled payment cut for physicians, physical therapists, and other health care professionals from taking effect on January 1, 2014, and extending the therapy cap exceptions process.
- Congress Passes Short-Term Fix Extending Therapy Cap Exceptions Process and Avoiding SGR Payment Cut - 12/18/13
The $1.014 trillion federal budget compromise passed by Congress today includes a 3-month "fix" that will prevent implementation of Medicare payment cuts associated with the sustainable growth rate (SGR).
- Short-Term SGR/Cap Fix Expected Next Week, Giving Congress Time to Finalize SGR Reform in 2014 - 12/13/13
Yesterday, the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committees passed proposals repealing the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula.
- Opportunity to Permanently Repeal the Cap Next Week, Only 1% of APTA Members Have Taken Action since Monday - 12/5/13
The House and Senate will be working on legislation to reform the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula next week, and we have an opportunity to include a full repeal of the Medicare therapy cap in these legislative packages.
- Ask Congress to Fix the Therapy Cap in the Committee SGR Reform Bills - 12/2/13
The Medicare therapy cap exceptions process expires on December 31. Without Congressional action, a hard cap will be placed on outpatient therapy series in 2014.
- CMS Issues Final 2014 Physician Fee Schedule Rule - 11/27/13
The final 2014 Medicare physician fee schedule rule released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) sets the therapy cap amount on outpatient services at $1,920.
- APTA Launches Grassroots and PT-PAC App - 11/20/13
APTA has created an app designed to help you stay up-to-date on the latest legislative and regulatory news from your phone.
- Congress Has Less Than 60 Days to Stop the Therapy Cap - 11/4/13
Last Week, the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means Committees released a legislative framework on the sustainable growth rate reform (SGR) formula.
- Congress Has Less Than 100 Days to Repeal the Medicare Therapy Cap - 9/23/13
The Medicare therapy cap exceptions process expires on December 31, 2013.
- Help Curb Self-Referral by Contacting Your Representative TODAY - 9/12/13
Before the August Congressional recess, Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA, 14) introduced the Promoting Integrity in Medicare Act (HR 2914).
- Help Your School Earn an APTA Speaker, Submit Your Advocacy Activities Today! - 8/7/13
Do you want to help your school earn a speaker from APTA's government affairs department or the APTA Board of Directors? If so, get involved with the Student Advocacy Challenge.
- CMS Releases Final Rules: FY 2014 Inpatient Hospitals, LTCHs and Inpatient Part B Billing - 8/5/13
On July 31, 2013, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the fiscal year (FY) 2014 prospective payment system (PPS) final rules for inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) and skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). Both final rules will be published in the Federal Register on August 6, 2013
- Congress Passes Student Loan Interest Rate Legislation - 8/5/13
After a month of negotiations, on July 31, 2013, the United States House of Representatives passed the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act, a bill to avert the doubling of undergraduate federal student loan interest rates and tie all federal interest rate to the market in the future.
- CMS Releases IRF and SNF PPS FY 2014 Final Rules - 8/1/13
On July 31, 2013, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the fiscal year (FY) 2014 prospective payment system (PPS) final rules for inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) and skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). Both final rules will be published in the Federal Register on August 6, 2013.
- CMS Proposes Changes for Medicare Home Health - 6/27/13
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the proposed rule for Home Health Prospective Payment System for Calendar Year (CY) 2014. The rule affects services provided by home health agencies under Medicare Part A beginning January 1, 2014.
- MedPAC Report on Medicare Outpatient Therapy Released - 6/18/13
On Friday, June 14, 2013 the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) released its mandated report to Congress on methods to reform the outpatient therapy benefit under Medicare.
- E-mail Your Legislators Today in Conjunction with National Stroke Awareness Month - 5/22/13
May is National Stroke Awareness month and you can make a difference by contacting your members of Congress today.
- Physical Therapist Workforce and Patient Access Act of 2013 Introduced in the House and Senate - 3/20/13
Yesterday, The Physical Therapist Workforce and Patient Access Act of 2013 (HR 1252/S 602) was reintroduced in the US House of Representatives by Representatives John Shimkus (R-IL) and Diana DeGette (D-CO), and in the US Senate by Senators John Tester (D-MT) and Roger Wicker (R-MS).
- Congressional Inaction on Sequestration: What Physical Therapists Need to Know - 2/25/13
As the March 1 deadline approaches, it is increasingly unlikely that Congress will act to prevent sequestration cuts.
- Legislation to Repeal the Medicare Therapy Cap Introduced in the House and Senate- 2/22/13
Yesterday, the Medicare Access to Rehabilitation Services Act (HR 713/S 367) was introduced in the US House of Representatives by Representatives Jim Gerlach (R-PA) and Xavier Becerra (D-CA), and in the US Senate by Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Susan Collins (R-ME). HR 713 and S 367 would permanently repeal the $1,900 therapy "cap" imposed on physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology services.
- Contact Congress Today! Ask Your Legislators to Delay MPPR Implementation! - 1/28/13
On January 23, the House of Representatives voted for a three month increase of the debt ceiling. Given the short term nature of the legislation no action was taken on larger issues including a fix for the multiple procedure payment reduction (MPPR) policy passed on January 1 as part of the year-end legislation to avoid the fiscal cliff.
- Demand Congress Address the Flawed Therapy MPPR Policy Today! - 1/11/13
On January 1, 2013, Congress passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (HR 8), which includes an increase in the multiple procedure payment reduction (MPPR) policy that applies to the practice expense portion of therapy codes.
- APTA Alerts Members to Upcoming Activity on MPPR - 1/3/13
In response to a troublesome provision included in the fiscal cliff package passed by Congress on Tuesday, APTA is advising members to monitor the APTA website, and the Legislative Action Center specifically, for upcoming action alerts regarding efforts to avert the increased multiple procedure payment reduction included in the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012.
- Congress Passes Bill to Avert Cuts; Extend Cap Exceptions Process - 1/2/13
Yesterday, the House and Senate passed legislation to bring the nation back from the "fiscal cliff" that includes 5 important provisions for physical therapists. The bill has been sent to President Obama for his signature.