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Research Underscores Value of Physical Therapy During COVID-19 Recovery

Following surgery or extended hospitalization, patients often make plans to see a physical therapist at the urging of their physician. Myriad studies show that physical therapy is a critical part of recovery from any extended hospital stay – including those recovering from COVID-19. The Mayo Clinic reports that the deconditioning many patients experience after spending…

Important Update: Congress Eases Medicare Cuts in End-of-Year Package

Yesterday, Congress passed an end-of-year COVID-19 stimulus package with a provision to ease the drastic Medicare cuts to physical & occupational therapy that are set to go into effect on January 1, 2021! This legislation will delay reimbursement cuts and inject additional funding into the CY2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, which will reduce cuts to…

Efforts to Prevent 2021 Specialty Cuts from Going Into Effect Gains Traction in Congress

With the clock counting down to the end of the 116th Congress, bipartisan lawmakers in the House and Senate recently sent a trio of letters to congressional leadership urging them to support legislative efforts to prevent harmful Medicare cuts to specialty providers from going into effect on January 1. Concerned over the severe reimbursement reductions…

Leading Healthcare Organizations Praise Bill to Halt Medicare Cuts to PT and Other Specialties

As providers, we know how dangerous Medicare’s specialty cuts are. Fortunately, we’re not alone. On November 11, we joined more than 70 leading healthcare organizations, including the American Medical Association, the American Physical Therapy Association, and the American Occupational Therapy Association, in sending a letter to House lawmakers thanking them for introducing new legislation to…

Hundreds of Lawmakers Speak Out Against Devastating Medicare Cuts

As we continue our efforts to stop the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) from making devastating payment cuts to more than 30 specialty providers in 2021, including a dangerous 9% cut to physical and occupational therapy services, hundreds of lawmakers have joined us in the fight. This week, 229 Members of Congress, led…

CMS Must Stop Devastating Cuts to Physical Therapy

In a comment letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), APTQI objected to the drastic payment cuts to physical and occupational therapists outlined in the 2021 PFS proposed rule. We stand with over 40 other specialty organizations representing millions of healthcare professionals in our belief that Medicare should not cut health services…

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