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    APTA Joins Federal Policy Makers in Efforts to Reform Outpatient Therapy

    APTA continued its support today of congressional efforts to seek reform in the outpatient therapy Medicare benefit and called on policy makers to reject several misguided recommendations released by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) in its recent report to Congress.

    While APTA applauds MedPAC for its recognition that a hard therapy cap without an exceptions process would be "inconsistent with the goal of ensuring appropriate access to important services for Medicare beneficiaries," the association remains concerned that several of the report’s recommendations do little to further real reform of this vital benefit and put patient care at risk. See APTA's press release to read more.


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    When you think about a condition such as a chronic wound, only a tiny fraction will heal within that handful of visits before the cap and threshold are reached. The alternative is transferring care to a physician with or with home health, which are a more costly option.
    Posted by Renee Cordrey on 6/14/2013 8:06 PM
    As a PT, I know that we touches the patient's quality of life and healthier life style. A physical therapist not only provides treatment to the patients in need also educate the patient to continue for good being. this will promote less hospital admission, readmission and as a result less less coast to the government. With PT direct access they can even lower the cost more.
    Posted by Fatemeh Shirvani on 6/16/2013 4:41 PM
    This is definitely a step in the WRONG direction. I am glad we have the Association leadership fully engaged in this process and hope that individual therapists will contact their representatives to put this process back on the right track
    Posted by Alan Crothers -> @OVbB on 6/17/2013 10:57 AM
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