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  • Therapy Cap Repeal Gets Majority House Support

    It's official: a majority of members of the US House of Representatives are now cosponsors of a bill that would repeal the Medicare therapy cap, a strong sign that the legislation has solid bipartisan support as both a long term therapy cap solution and a component in larger sustainable growth rate (SGR) reform legislation.

    On Tuesday, the cosponsor number for H.R. 713 reached 220—just over the 218-member majority mark, and a level of support not achieved by most legislation. The House has no plans to vote on the legislation before it recesses in advance of the fall elections, but may take up SGR reform after the elections or in 2015.

    APTA advocacy staff see the upcoming 6-week recess as a perfect opportunity for members to personally thank their legislators for supporting therapy cap repeal, and are urging physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, patients, clients, and others to consider attending local town hall meetings hosting practice visits, or setting up office meetings with their representatives while representatives are in their home districts.

    A complete list of therapy cap repeal cosponsors can be found on the Congress.gov website.

    Comments

    • great news! thank you for all of your dedication and hard work.

      Posted by Erin Walaszek on 9/17/2014 11:01 AM

    • Hello, I have been a physical therapist for almost 40 years, and view the opportunity to have practiced in this profession as a blessing and appreciate the numbers of seniors that I have treated that were able to regain their independance because of the therapy services. I see people in the community that I have impacted as a therapist. I also have chosen to work for companies that have a patient directed versus profit directed focus. good therapy services are received by patients that need them, and when they are discharged at an appropriate time, they have met their maximum functional potential. there are people who only need a few visits, and some who need months of therapy to achieve this level. as the boomers are reaching the age where they need Medicare services, the expectation will continue for good care. As professionals we determine the need based on individual assessments. The dollar value that was set by the cap is a challenge for the ones that want to remain at home, but have suffered a significant change in their life, and need the skilled services of a therapist. they could be forced into a nursing home if they are unable to continue to live independently. Please repeal the cap to allow our seniors the therapy services they need. thank you, Hollis Barbaro, PT

      Posted by Hollis barbaro on 9/17/2014 2:27 PM

    • I totally agree with the above well written article. Another 40 yr. + therapist. David Paradis

      Posted by David Paradis on 9/20/2014 1:42 PM

    • I understand that our healthcare industry has been abusive in the past and frequently continues to do so. Unfortunately the fall out from this abuse has directly impacted the potentially enhanced quality of life for the geriatric population. I, like the others who have commented, have had a 36 year career in rehab and for the past 14 years have annually revisited the therapy cap issue. For heaven sakes, it is about time for resolution.

      Posted by N. Wilson on 9/22/2014 8:25 AM

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