CMS is about to impose payment cuts that reduce patient access to PTs and PTAs. Congress must act soon, and your voice matters!
The proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for 2021 is calling for an estimated 9% decrease in payment for codes tied to Part B physical therapist services.
Over the past year, APTA and our members have sent thousands of letters to CMS raising concerns about these cuts and providing recommendations to address the problem. CMS has not responded.
We're now calling on Congress to prevent these cuts, which will reduce patient access and create instability in the health care system.
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 planned cut from CMS as a dangerous and shortsighted move that will harm patients and shutter clinic doors.
Please join us in fighting these cuts. Congress must act soon, and your voice matters!
For APTA Members to Contact Congress
Use APTA's Legislative Action Center to send a letter to your representatives.
For the Public to Contact Congress
Encourage your patients, colleagues, friends, and family to contact their members of Congress.
For APTA Members and the Public to Contact CMS
Congress isn't the only group that needs to hear from you. We need your help to contact CMS and urge them to work with Congress to prevent these deep cuts to physical therapy providers. Access template letters for contacting CMS on our Regulatory Action Center.
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May 11, 2020 / Open Access
Feb 01, 2020
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Nov 04, 2019 / News
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Sep 27, 2019 / News
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Sep 18, 2018 / News
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