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.
The proposed 9% 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 health insurance system throughout the military. The cuts will make it impossible for many PTs to continue to provide care and create physical therapy deserts in communities across the country. Veterans, active duty personnel, National Guard members, reservists, and their families will find needed care harder to get—if they can get it at all.
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 Medicare 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.
It's not too late to participate in the #FightTheCut rally. Two minutes to take action and protect our profession and patients from arbitrary cuts that will reduce action to physical therapy and other rehabilitation services. Your voice matters!
For APTA Members to Contact Medicare
Use APTA's Legislative Action Center to send a letter to your representatives.
Colleagues, Friends, and Family Contact CMS
You don't need to be an APTA member to take action. Encourage anyone you know (health care colleagues, friends, and family) to contact their members of CMS.
For APTA Members and Nonmembers to Contact CMS
Congress isn't the only group that needs to hear from you. We need your help to contact CMS and tell them to stop implementation of these deep cuts to physical therapy providers. Access template letters for contacting CMS on our Regulatory Action Center.
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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
Sep 2, 2020 / Open Access
Aug 20, 2020 / Resource
This recording covers CY 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule.
Aug 17, 2020 / Open Access
APTA staff experts explain how we got here (why CMS is proposing 9% payment cuts), how APTA is fighting these cuts, and what you can do to help.
Aug 11, 2020 / News
We're making it easy to do your part to call for action against a proposed 9% Medicare payment cut. Momentum is building.
Jun 18, 2020 / News
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Jun 15, 2020 / Roundup
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Jun 4, 2020 / News
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Apr 17, 2020 / News
APTA is urging lawmakers to look at both short- and long-term solutions.
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