The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is attempting to make adjustments to Medicare Part B by reducing fee schedule payment for codes tied to physical therapy. These reductions, planned for 2021, could result in an estimated 8% decrease in payment.
The proposed cut is just the latest in an unsustainable pattern of CMS payment reductions for physical therapy that threaten to prevent patients from getting the care they need, when they need it.
The time to act is now.
These resources can help you tell the story as you advocate.
Medicare Physican Fee Schedule Advocacy: Keep updated on opportunities to take action through our legislative action centers.
Send a Letter to Your Local News Editor: APTA encourages PTs, PTAs, and students to use this template to send a letter to the editor of your local newspaper opposing the estimated 8% cut to Medicare Part B reimbursement in 2021 for physical therapist services. A letter to the editor allows you to contribute to the public debate on important matters and reach a large audience. Your local newspaper(s) will have guidelines on letter submissions and where to submit your letter.
The Squeeze on Physical Therapy: This handout shows how the impact of payment reduction can reduce the supply of physical therapist services.
The Downstream Effects of Medicare Physical Therapy Cuts: This handout demonstrates how the proposed 8% cut, coupled with a series of payment reductions in recent years, will lead to many negative consequences for American seniors and healthcare delivery system costs.
February 5, 2020 bipartisan letter signed by 99 members of the US House of Representatives to CMS on the proposed 2021 cuts
January 30, 2020 letter from Sen Jon Tester (D-MT) to CMS: Montana delegate Tester shares his concerns on 2021 proposed cuts.
Recorded Webinar: The Changing Medicare Landscape
This recording of a December 10, 2019, webinar features APTA regulatory affairs staff discussing important aspects of the 2020 physician fee schedule—including the proposed 2021 cut—and answering member questions.