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Use templated letters to take action on payment and regulatory issues impacting your practice.

APTA comments are made on behalf of our membership and profession on federal regulations and draft guidance based on the Public Policy Priorities of the American Physical Therapy Association.

We encourage members and nonmembers to provide feedback: your perspectives are critical to policy development.

Your Voice Is Needed on the 9% Cut and Other Regulatory Issues!

Please join us in fighting these proposed cuts. Your input matters!

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Issues in which APTA is currently reviewing and submitting are posted here with templated letters and guidance to make taking action easy.

CMS Proposed 2021 Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program Rule

Deadline for Comments: October 5, 2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services seeks comments on its proposed rule, which includes an estimated 9% reduction to payment for PT, OT, and SLP providers in 2021. CMS proposes to permanently allow PTs to bill e-visits, virtual check-ins, and remote assessment of recorded video and/or images submitted by an established patient. In addition, the agency proposes to allow a PTA to perform maintenance therapy services in Part B settings. The agency also provides clarification regarding therapy documentation.

Taking action against the proposed pay cuts is vital to our profession and patients, and APTA will provide comments. Clinicians and patients may submit comments independently using APTA's unique template letters. Review Proposed Rule | Review Fee Schedule Fact Sheet | Review QPP Fact Sheet

Take action in two steps:

    1. Download APTA's unique template letters:
      - For PTs, PTAs, and students
      - Share this letter with your patients, friends, family.
    2. Submit your letter via regulations.gov.
      Note: The link to submit comments is currently changing frequently. We try to keep up with this, but if you cannot access the link, contact advocacy@apta.org for assistance.

General Template Letter

If a specific template letter above does not apply, use our standard template letter to submit comments to CMS.

Simply insert your individual information where indicated.

Your comments represent only you and your situation; they should not imply representation of the association.

Other Ways to Engage

Federal agencies frequently seek input from stakeholders and national experts on proposed payment and coverage policies, research agendas, quality measures, and more. The selection process for federal committees, task forces, panels, and commissions is competitive.

Participation in these groups demonstrates both expertise in your field and a commitment to your profession, which will be reflected on your CV for years to come. Serving on such a committee allows you to make invaluable contributions to your area of expertise and raise recognition of the physical therapy profession. While serving requires a small time commitment, the time is well spent and is a great way to develop networks and make contacts with fellow experts from across the nation.

If you are interested in serving on a federal committee, task force, or advisory panel, please contact the advocacy team at advocacy@apta.org and provide your name, contact information, and a brief biographical sketch.