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CMS wants to impose even more payment cuts that reduce patient access to PTs and PTAs. We can't let that happen. Make your voice heard.

The final Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for 2021 called for an estimated 9% decrease in payment for codes tied to Part B physical therapist services. Congressional action in late December 2020 reduced that cut to an estimated 3% decrease. But the story doesn't end there.

Additional Medicare cuts are on the horizon beginning in 2022—and that's not counting the Medicare payment differential for services furnished in whole or in part by PTAs. The monumental damage from the cuts won't be limited to Medicare: Care for military veterans will suffer when PTs who provide community care, or who participate in TRICARE, are forced into the same unsustainable reimbursement rates. 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.

Our Position

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.

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