The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final rule for the Home Health Prospective Payment System for 2014. The rule affects services provided by home health agencies under Medicare Part A beginning January 1, 2014.
The national standardized 60-day episode payment for 2014 is set at $ 2,869.27, and the national per-visit rate for CY 2014 for physical therapy services is $132.40. CMS projects that Medicare payment to home health agencies in calendar year 2014 will be reduced by $200 million.
The rule finalizes the following policies:
The policies in the final rule will become effective January 1, 2014. APTA will provide a full summary of the final rule in the coming days.
Legislation that would end the sustainable growth rate (SGR) will soon be discussed in a Senate committee, and grassroots efforts could play a big role in how that discussion takes shape. The Senate Finance Committee will be considering the proposed legislation on December 12, making the next 2 weeks a crucial time for communicating physical therapy's position on both SGR and the therapy cap to lawmakers and the public.
The advancement of the SGR legislation provides an opportunity for addressing the importance of also ending the therapy cap. APTA is calling on all physical therapists (PTs), physical therapist assistants (PTAs), students, patients/clients, and others to contact their legislators on Monday, December 2, and ask them to include a full repeal of the cap in the SGR legislation.
APTA recommends 2 ways to get involved in the efforts to fix these flawed policies that harm patients and restrict access to therapy services:
For more information about the grassroots campaign on December 2, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
There's still time to share your National Physical Therapy Month celebration and recognition photos and stories with colleagues all over the world, but you'd better hurry: The APTA public relations staff is now making its last call for submissions to its NPTM celebration page.
The page is a great way to show how physical therapy restores and improves motion in people’s lives. Submissions could include a wide range of activities, including photos of state recognitions of NPTM, or local facility events. E-mail a brief description and at least 1 photo (300 dpi) to the APTA public relations staff.
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