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COVID-19 Crisis: Contact Congress!

by Amanda Kayser | Jun 21, 2020

As the COVID-19 crisis continues, we urgently need your help to contact your members of Congress. It is imperative that we ask for the inclusion of a legislative proposal aimed to prevent deep cuts to Medicare providers slated to take effect on January 1, 2021. With the current instability in the health care system, now is not the time to reduce payment to providers under the Medicare program.
 
In the 2020 final Medicare Physician Fee Schedule rule, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services included deep cuts, effective January 1, 2021, to more than three dozen health care providers in order to increase payment for evaluation and management codes utilized by primary care health professionals. Physical therapy is slated for an 8% cut. This 8% cut, on top of the current economic crisis, is unsustainable for the physical therapy profession.  These cuts are not only devastating for business but will also impact patient access to care.

Recently, bipartisan legislation was introduced in the House (H.R. 7154) by Rep. Boyle (D-Pa.) and Rep. Buchanan (R-Fla.) that contains a number of provisions to support outpatient therapy providers and help patients recover from the COVID pandemic. H.R. 7154 also contains language to address the proposed Medicare cuts. Please contact Congress now to urge them to support H.R. 7154 and the language that waives budget neutrality for implementation of the E/M code policy in the next COVID-19 relief package.

If your legislators aren’t hearing from you, they don’t know how to help. The more voices raised, the more Congress can see that this is a priority and act.

This is a challenging time in our history, and these cuts would be detrimental for our practices and patients. Now is the time to take a stand and make a difference for the PT profession. Take action today. 

 Please visit APTA's Legislative Action Center (link below) and ask your patients, family and friends to visit the Patient Action Center. Thank you!

https://www.apta.org/advocacy/take-action 

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