There are 7 million people in the United States who have survived a stroke, according to the National Stroke Association-and these survivors are your patients. Now, during National Stroke Awareness Month, help ensure their access to physical therapist services by e-mailing your legislators and asking them to repeal the Medicare therapy cap. Tell Congress that your patients-their constituents-must receive timely and proper care after they have suffered a stroke.
APTA has joined the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) to highlight National Stroke Awareness month on Capitol Hill through this rolling e-mail campaign. The goal is not only to repeal the cap but to bring awareness to the importance of rehabilitation following a stroke.
Nonmembers and patients can also get involved and contact their legislators using APTA's Patient Action Center. Please take time to personalize your e-mails and share your experience as a physical therapist, physical therapist assistant, or patient. Members of Congress care how this issue impacts their constituents.
As summer approaches, this issue will heat up as Congress works on legislation to reform the Medicare physician fee schedule and the sustainable growth rate formula. It is more important than ever to let your members of Congress know that patients should not be subjected to an arbitrary cap on medically necessary services.
Join Mike Klonowski, PT, DPT, PCS, who has been treating Sen Mark Kirk (R-IL) following his stroke in 2012, and help ensure no one is denied necessary physical therapy by taking action today.
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