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The final 2024 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule released by the U.S Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is long, complicated, occasionally unclear, and for most of us, let's face it, pretty boring. But because it's essentially the rulebook on how payment for PTs, PTAs, and a host of other providers will be handled under Medicare for the coming year, ignoring the fee schedule isn't an option.

Understanding the details is crucial, of course, and APTA can help you sort them out through both our written review of the rule and a Nov. 16 webinar that breaks the fee schedule down during a live event (with a recording available afterward) that's free to APTA members and available at a significantly reduced rate to nonmembers.

While learning about what will be different next year and advocating for Congress to step in to address the 3.4% payment cut are crucial, several big-picture messages in the rule are also worth noting. Here are four emerging themes in the fee schedule that tell a bigger story, according to APTA staff experts.

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