Legislation introduced April 14, 2011, would eliminate the onerous therapy cap that has imposed arbitrary limits on physical therapy services so often needed by senior citizens after a stroke, traumatic brain injury, or hip fracture, or to effectively manage conditions such as Parkinson disease, multiple sclerosis, or arthritis, says APTA.
The Medicare Access to Rehabilitation Services Act (HR 1546 /S 829) introduced in the US House of Representatives by Reps 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) would permanently repeal the $1,870 therapy "cap" imposed on physical therapy and physical therapy and speech-language pathology services for all outpatient settings, with the exception for hospital outpatient departments. A separate cap applies to occupational therapy.
"The detrimental effects of the therapy caps on patients are well-documented," said APTA President R. Scott Ward, PT, PhD. "The cap is simply a bad policy that must be completely reversed."