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    More Than 800K Messages Call for an End to the Therapy Cap

    Physical therapists (PTs), physical therapist assistants (PTAs), and their supporters harnessed the power of social media to help generate more than 876,000 social media messages sent simultaneously to call for an end to the Medicare therapy cap. The impressive November 4 blast was part of a grassroots effort to bring even more energy to the issue now that Congress faces a deadline fewer than 60 days away.

    PTs and PTAs were part of 2,012 people who used a technology called Thunderclap that leverages individual social media accounts for a 1-time simultaneous blast to all participants' friends and followers on Facebook and Twitter. The event was designed to draw attention to the therapy cap issue as the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance committees work on legislation that could include an end to the caps and the sustainable growth rate (SGR).

    APTA is urging members to visit the Legislative Action Center to find out how to add their voices to the campaign to end the therapy cap, while patients and nonmembers can access APTA's Patient Action Center to learn how to help. Details on the therapy cap and APTA’s grassroots campaign to end it are available at APTA's Advocacy webpage.


    Comments

    End the cap. Let us do our job!
    Posted by Brian Lavallee on 11/5/2013 7:12 PM
    Patients are losing out on preventative care and are ending up with more costly issues. Please end therapy caps for PT, OT and ST
    Posted by Heather Smith on 11/8/2013 4:17 PM
    Therapy cap is out dated. We are in an era where we need to have individuals to have full access to our services we can provide not only for restoration but also preventative. It would cost Medicare less to pay for our preventative services verses paying for a knee or hip replacement that an orthopedic doctor can perform.
    Posted by Tori Darling on 11/8/2013 4:34 PM
    It's time for Doctored PTs to promote prevention which saves costly surgeries and subsequently set the bar for medical necessity in conservative care. Pay attention Congress WE are the real "change" you seek!
    Posted by Matt Kellum PT, DPT, MEd on 11/9/2013 12:34 AM
    We have been trying to end the cap for a long time. I hope the future brings and end for the cap so we can treat out patients for as long as they need us. Thanks, Pam Chaney, PT
    Posted by Pam Chaney, PT on 11/9/2013 2:47 PM
    I have MS and need PT more then my insurance allows, Ann
    Posted by Ann lafontaine on 11/9/2013 4:56 PM
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