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    Budget on the Table Provides Support for Reform of Caps and SGR

    Reform of the caps on outpatient therapy and repeal of the Medicare sustainable growth rate (SGR) payment formula will be part of the 2014 federal budget discussions in a conference committee seeking compromise after disagreements led to a 16-day government shutdown. Amendments to a congressional budget resolution support the authority to "reform or replace" both provisions.

    The conference committee has until December 13 to send a compromise budget to both chambers of Congress—failure to do so will leave unresolved many of the issues that sparked the October 1 shutdown. The shutdown was rooted in largely partisan disagreements over federal spending, disagreements that budget conferees hope to resolve before the December deadline.

    Conference committee members will discuss a budget proposal that allows for substantive changes to be made to limitations on Medicare Part B payments. The legislative language in the budget resolution lends support to SGR and therapy cap reform efforts being reviewed by both the House and Senate. These discussions include finding a permanent path to repeal the Medicare therapy caps and the SGR.

    APTA has been a strong advocate for changes that would end hard caps and put a permanent end to the SGR—an outdated formula that has been temporarily altered by Congress every year in so-called "Doc Fix" legislation. Grassroots efforts to make these changes are now under way and will become a central focus of APTA's advocacy agenda through the end of the year.


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    if the rules change the oversight should increase dramatically within state bodies since the amount of fraud already is horrific and with cap removal or increased so WLL the fraud.many medicare patients are being seen with multiple other patients as opposed to one on one
    Posted by harry brafmann on 10/18/2013 3:13 PM
    Sadly many of these changes that get proposed are due to the greed of our own members.
    Posted by Scott Schultz on 10/18/2013 6:00 PM
    So if I am hearing my two fellow APTA members correctly, the failure of the "cap" system and fraud abuse within the Medicare system lies on the shoulders of PT's because they treat more than one patient at a time. Wait plus PT's are greedy little b_______ds???
    Posted by Linda Zane on 10/20/2013 1:28 AM
    It is really sad when other PTs are not really educated enough to add insight into how and what about OBAMA care will destroy our futures and the future of our children. Just my thoughts after all I know I jnow enough about the crap being rammed down our throats. SIGNED 23 years as an owner of an outpatient PT clinic.
    Posted by Gary on 10/23/2013 12:21 PM
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