Legislation introduced last week by Rep Larry Kissell (NC-D) and 17 other original cosponsors enhances lymphedema coverage and better directs treatment methods for Medicare beneficiaries. Specifically, the Lymphedema Diagnosis and Treatment Cost-Saving Act of 2011 (HR 2499) defines lymphedema diagnosis, treatment, and compression treatment items; clarifies which health care providers can provide treatment; and ensures payment for treatment.
Introduced in the last congressional session, HR 2499 has undergone a number of revisions. APTA Board of Directors member Nicole Stout, PT, MPT, CLT-LANA, led efforts to eliminate additional certification requirements, clarify which providers can provide diagnosis and treatment services, and remove restrictions on garment fitting. The new, streamlined legislative language is less confusing and more flexible. Due to these changes, APTA now supports this legislation.
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