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.
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