Tuesday, November 26, 2013 APTA Monitoring CMS as Fee Schedule Deadline Approaches The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is nearing its November 27 deadline for issuing rules on the 2014 Physician Fee Schedule, and APTA will be posting information on the provisions in the final rule impacting physical therapy as soon as possible after release. In October, CMS announced that it would extend its deadline for release of the rules because of the 16-day government shutdown that began earlier that month. The rules will affect Medicare payment rates, payment policies for critical access hospitals, and procedures related to the Physician Quality Reporting System, among other areas. APTA staff remains in close contact with CMS and will share information on the basics of the new rules as they are made available. More detailed summaries will be available through APTA in the days after the initial announcement.