Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Medicare Cuts to Physical Therapy Benefits = No Care For Seniors?

The Center for Medicare Services is proposing a drastic change for reimbursement strategies which will significantly reduce payments to physical therapists for outpatient services. We estimate that this will result in a 33% decrease in payment for our current services. We will be forced to make a very difficult decision as to whether or not we can continue to participate as a Medicare provider. The Center for Medicare Services is allowing for feedback. This needs to be done as soon as possible as we only have two weeks to respond. Please contact anyone you know who uses Medicare or Medicare-like products. The amount of providers available for physical therapy may dramatically decrease in 2011. Please take the time to contact Medicare and express your concerns and request that CMS reconsider its plans to implement their proposed rule on the MPPR for therapy services and seek more appropriate mechanisms to ensure that payment for therapy services is adequate, accurate and ensures access to needed physical therapy for our nation’s seniors and individuals with disabilities.
To make comments:
Vist http://www.regulations.gov/search/Regs/home.html#submitComment?R=0900006480b182c9. You can also fax comments to: 703-706-3246.
Thank you for your support in this important matter.

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