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  • Possible Therapy Cap Repeal Amendment Could Make History; Every PT Can Help Shape the Vote

    A permanent repeal of the Medicare outpatient therapy cap could be closer than ever if Congress allows one senator's proposed amendment to be considered. Now it's time to make that possibility a reality, according to APTA.

    Last week, Sen Ben Cardin (D-MD) announced that he is prepared to lead the way in the fight to end 18 years of temporary fixes to the therapy cap by ending the cap completely. The historic change would come through an amendment to a bill, passed by the House of Representatives and awaiting Senate consideration, that seeks to end the flawed sustainable growth rate (SGR).

    The challenge? Senators need to agree to allow a vote on Cardin's amendment. APTA is calling on its members and supporters to contact their senators as soon as possible to urge them to support Cardin's effort to get a vote on the amendment—and then to vote in favor of it. The Senate is anticipated to take up the entire SGR repeal bill early next week after it returns from adjournment on April 13.

    APTA is urging members and patients to contact their senators using the messaging available on the Medicare Therapy Cap webpage. The US Senate's website offers a contact lookup feature for phone numbers and email addresses.

    APTA isn't the only organization working for an end to the therapy cap: in addition to coalition partners the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the American Occupational Therapy Association, the long list of supporters includes the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) and the American Heart Association.

    Comments

    • Please support the bill to end Physical therapy caps

      Posted by Judith Perez on 4/6/2015 8:54 PM

    • Law definitely needs to be repealed. My husband (66) had a stroke in June 2014 Needed a lot of physical therapy and law held back therapy that he needed

      Posted by Carla lafleur on 4/6/2015 10:29 PM

    • End the Medicare therapy cap now!! Elderly people who need therapy most should NOT be limited to receiving the help they need.

      Posted by Kate Zanoni on 4/6/2015 11:42 PM

    • please repeal the caps to help our seniors

      Posted by harry on 4/7/2015 12:01 AM

    • Please help all physical therapists to treat the patients what they need to in order to increase quality of living for all.

      Posted by Gina Isenor on 4/7/2015 7:29 AM

    • End physical therapy caps

      Posted by Cathie Stricker on 4/7/2015 9:18 AM

    • Please vote to end the therapy cap.

      Posted by Linda Franco on 4/7/2015 9:54 AM

    • ease repeal the cap it limits are sickest patients from getting the care they need and deserve. The dollar amount limits us to 12-15 treatments per year. This is not enough.

      Posted by Tracie Barber on 4/7/2015 9:57 AM

    • PLEASE REPEAL THERAPY CAP.

      Posted by KATHY ONEILL on 4/7/2015 10:34 AM

    • I support it strongly.

      Posted by Parvin Kavehkar on 4/7/2015 11:17 AM

    • No cap!!!

      Posted by Ashley McCue on 4/7/2015 11:55 AM

    • Please revise the Medicare cap for patients who are needing physical therapy. It is unethical to have a non medical person state what is best for the client with Medicare.

      Posted by Rebecca Gilbert on 4/7/2015 12:53 PM

    • IT'S ABOUT TIME!!!!

      Posted by DIANE LAUREN on 4/7/2015 1:03 PM

    • More and more people need adequate physical therapy to lead healthy, productive lives. Allow them the help they need. Don Hinton Major, USAF, (ret.) I'm in excellent shape, by the way

      Posted by Donald D. Hinton on 4/7/2015 5:47 PM

    • I support!

      Posted by Rosalee Kelisek on 4/7/2015 7:58 PM

    • Let the professional decide on how much treatment is needed.

      Posted by Jennifer Kohler on 4/7/2015 10:16 PM

    • I SUPPORT THE BILL!!

      Posted by Brenda Lai on 4/8/2015 7:15 AM

    • The CAP has been a roadblock to provision of care for many Medicare patients. The arbitrary nature of the CAP amount, the combined PT/ST CAP which according to explanations from CMS was a typo that was easier to leave than fix, makes no sense whatsoever.

      Posted by David Booth on 4/8/2015 4:36 PM

    • Please revise the Medicare CAP. There are many patients, that if allowed to continue with their physical therapy necessary to heal, they would be able to live a productive life and be an asset to the community as a whole. I strongly support this! Sincerely, Renee Hinchy

      Posted by Renee Hinchy on 4/8/2015 9:27 PM

    • We need to spend more time treating our patients and less time figuring out reimbursement and attaching KX modifiers!

      Posted by Jodi Bringuel on 4/13/2015 11:24 AM

    • Please end this cap. It's just for the old it's for all that need assistance. From the young to the old. We are turning our backs on the people that need our help.This is not the American way! We don't leave the less fortunate behind. These people need our help. They didn't have a chose to be born with a disability nor do the elderly want to be dependent on others. We can't just tell this people you are too old or too young or too fare gone to help. Vote YES and lets get this people the help they deserve.

      Posted by John Burns on 4/14/2015 5:37 PM

    • It's time to revise the Medicare bill for seniors requiring PT. I was stunned last week when I was advised that I maxed out at $1900 for Medicare. Please do the right thing and fix this.

      Posted by frank st louis on 4/14/2015 7:17 PM

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