The proposed 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule rule released by CMS includes deep cuts to needed services provided by dozens of health care providers, including physical therapists. Under the proposed rule, physical therapy payment would be cut by an estimated 3.5% in the wake of a 3.3% cut in 2021. In addition, CMS plans to implement a 15% cut for services provided by a physical therapist assistant. These cuts — not to mention the 50% multiple procedure payment reduction policy, the anticipated return of the 2% Medicare sequestration, and another planned cut under the fee schedule of at least 3% in 2024 — are simply not sustainable and threaten patient access to needed services at a critical time.
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