The fight to end inappropriate physician self-referral has been boosted by the launch of a new website that will highlight the issue, support legislation aimed at curbing the practice, and help physical therapists (PTs) and others learn how to take action to advocate for needed change.
The Alliance for Integrity in Medicare (AIM) coalition's new online presence is designed to educate providers, legislators, and the public on the impact of physician self-referral on the Medicare system, and to solidify support for the Promoting Integrity in Medicare Act (HR 2914), a recently introduced bill that seeks to close self-referral loopholes. These loopholes allow physicians to refer their Medicare patients for certain ancillary health care services owned by and contained within the physician's practice—an approach that results in unnecessary use of services, higher costs, and potential risk to patient health.
APTA is a founding member of AIM, which also includes laboratory, radiation oncology, and medical imaging groups. The new website offers background on the issue, links to studies that confirm the damaging effects of self-referral, a press kit, and ways to easily take action and support the coalition's efforts.
APTA has been working for years on Capitol Hill to fight physician self-referral. Find out more about this issue at APTA's self-referral webpage, and take action now by asking your legislators to close the self-referral loophole. Contact the APTA advocacy staff for more information.
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