CMS is about to impose payment cuts that reduce patient access to PTs and PTAs. Congress must act soon, and your voice matters!
The final Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for 2021 is calling for an estimated 9% decrease in payment for codes tied to Part B physical therapist services.
The cut will do monumental damage—and it won't be limited to Medicare. Care for military veterans will suffer, as PTs who provide community care will be forced into the same unsustainable reimbursement rates. The same is true for PTs in TRICARE. The cuts will make it impossible for many PTs to continue to provide care, creating physical therapy deserts in communities across the country.
Why It Matters
We should be encouraging access to PTs and PTAs, who can prevent falls, opioid use, and costly procedures. Instead, CMS is creating barriers. These cuts never made sense. During a pandemic, they’re even more devastating.
APTA strenuously opposes any attempt to reduce payment for physical therapy under Medicare. We view the cut from CMS as a dangerous and shortsighted move that will harm patients and shutter clinic doors.
The fee schedule is final for 2021, but legislation in Congress could stop implementation of the 9% cut. We need you to ask Congress to support H.R. 8702. With the current instability in the health care system, now is not the time to reduce payment to providers under the Medicare program.
For APTA Members to Contact Congress
Contact your members of Congress right now to let them know how important it is that they pass legislation before the end of this year to prevent implementation of these cuts.
For the Public to Contact Congress
Encourage your colleagues, friends, and family to contact their members of Congress
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Aug 4, 2020 / Review
Aug 4, 2020 / Statement
Jul 15, 2020 / News
May 11, 2020 / Open Access
Feb 1, 2020
The MPPR policy implements a 50% payment reduction to the practice expense value of certain CPT codes deemed "always therapy services."
Additional Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Advocacy Content
Jan 6, 2021 / News
The new conversion factor released by CMS helps to offset the impact of fee schedule reductions for PT providers.
Dec 23, 2020 / News
While the bill approved by Congress falls short on a full offset of a planned Medicare cut, it does offer help other areas.
Dec 22, 2020 / News
A COVID relief bill came up short, leaving the profession and other provider groups facing less severe but still "unsustainable" reductions.
Dec 21, 2020 / Statement
The COVID-19 relief package falls short of ensuring patient access, and a 3.6% cut threatens the viability of providers who offer safe, cost-effective care.
Dec 11, 2020 / News
Legislation that would provide additional payment is now in both houses of Congress — call your lawmaker today.
Dec 9, 2020 / News
Senators push for a fix, support grows for a bill to offset the cuts, and APTA says keep the calls coming to Capitol Hill.
Sep 2, 2020 / Open Access
Participate in APTA's FightTheCut Virtual Rally on December 3 to support the bill that is now in the U.S. House of Representatives — H.R. 8702.
Dec 9, 2020 / Members Only
Dec 2, 2020 / Review
The final rule highlights the need for legislative action to give CMS more latitude in budgets and telehealth.
Dec 1, 2020 / Statement
Physical therapy providers, occupational therapy providers, speech-language pathologists, and audiologists have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. They are in dire financial predicaments and struggling to continue providing essential rehabilitation and audiology services to their patients, particularly to those who live in rural and underserved communities. And now, they are facing a significant additional hurdle on the road to recovery.