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Get ready, because Medicare is about to roll out some major changes in 2020. But that's not all: the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is considering a potential estimated 8% payment cut for 2021. APTA wants to give you the tools you need to thrive and speak out for the profession.

We've launched two new webpages designed to be one-stop shops—one for navigating the many Medicare rule changes affecting PTs and PTAs in 2020, and a second devoted to the profession's fight against the estimated 8% cut on the table for 2021.

Both pages are packed with information and links to additional resources. The 2020 Medicare Changes page provides a general overview and then dives into topics such as the Quality Payment Program (home to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System, or MIPS), the physician fee schedule, PTA payment modifier, and coding updates. Our advocacy page on the proposed fee schedule payment reductions includes links to resources that will provide you with not only history and context, but with opportunities to advocate for the profession.

Don't let 2020 take you by surprise. And help us challenge a nonsensical plan that could severely harm patient access to the care they need, when they need it.

Trying to separate Medicare fact from fiction? Check out this #PTTransforms blog post from APTA Director of Regulatory Affairs Kara Gainer as she takes on some of the Medicare myths that have been popping up lately on social media and elsewhere. And stay tuned for part 2 of the series, coming soon.

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