• FEBRUARY 8, 2018
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    UPDATE: Therapy Cap Repeal

    Last night the U.S. House of Representatives released legislative language on Medicare extenders that are currently included in the continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government beyond the current February 8, 2018 expiration date.   The good news is language to permanently repeal the hard therapy caps is included in the House bill.   It would address

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    • JANUARY 11, 2018
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    The Hard Therapy Cap Has Arrived. What Does It Mean?

    Because of inaction by Congress, the hard cap on outpatient therapy services under Medicare has been implemented. The cap, which began on January 1, 2018, includes no KX modifier exceptions and has created uncertainty for providers, patients, and their families. APTA has requested that the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) provide information

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    • DECEMBER 21, 2017
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    APTA Urges CMS to Consider Ripple Effects of Medicare Advantage Changes for 2019

    Efforts by the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to make Medicare Advantage (MA) plans more accessible to more vulnerable beneficiaries are laudable, and provisions that would steer patients away from overuse of drugs are understandable, but CMS needs to be mindful of the unintended consequences of these and other changes, says APTA

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    • DECEMBER 13, 2017
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    President Signs Law Allowing PTAs in TRICARE; Implementation May Not Be Immediate

    Physical therapist assistants (PTAs) are on their way to officially joining the TRICARE payment program used throughout the Department of Defense (DoD) health care system. President Donald Trump’s signature on the National Defense Authorization Act enacts a change long advocated by APTA, but what happens next isn’t entirely clear. One thing that’s certain: the change

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