Navigation Links
Majority of U.S. House Supports Repeal of Medicare Therapy Caps
Date:6/5/2008

Legislation Would Help Beneficiaries Needing Rehabilitation Services the Most

ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With about one month to go before the current exceptions process for clinically based care above the Medicare therapy caps expires, a majority of the U.S. House of Representatives has endorsed legislation to repeal the arbitrary financial limit on therapy benefits.

The Medicare Access to Rehabilitation Services Act of 2007 (HR 748) has reached 225 cosponsors. The bipartisan legislation was introduced by Assistant to the Speaker Xavier Becerra (D-CA), Minority Whip Roy Blunt (R-MO), and representatives Phil English (R-PA), Chip Pickering (R-MS), and Mike Ross (D-AR) in early 2007. Similar legislation led by Senators John Ensign (R-NV) and Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) with bipartisan support has also been introduced in the Senate (S 450) and currently has 42 sponsors. "We are encouraged that the majority of the House is in agreement about the severe restrictions that the therapy caps place on Medicare beneficiaries," said APTA President R Scott Ward, PT, Ph.D.

The Balanced Budget Act of 1997 imposed a $1,500 cap on outpatient therapy services that became effective in January 1999. In subsequent years Congress placed three separate moratoriums on the cap. In 2005, however, Congress voted for the therapy cap to go into effect; yet it also passed legislation authorizing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service (CMS) to implement an "exceptions process," which permits medically necessary physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech pathology services to exceed the cap if the patient meets certain diagnostic and clinical criteria.

Authorized by the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, the exceptions process was extended in December 2006 by the Tax Relief and Health Care Improvement Act and again in 2007 through the Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP Extension Act. The exceptions process is scheduled to expire June 30, 2008. Without these exceptions, the cap would be set at $1,810 for physical therapy and speech-language pathology combined and $1,810 for occupational therapy services. For more information on the history of the therapy cap, please visit http://www.apta.org/advocacy.

The American Physical Therapy Association (http://www.apta.org) is a national organization representing physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students nationwide. Its goal is to foster advancements in physical therapist education, practice, and research. Consumers can visit http://www.findapt.us to find a physical therapist in their area, as well as http://www.apta.org/consumer for physical therapy news and information.


'/>"/>
SOURCE American Physical Therapy Association
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. MedQuist to Get New Majority Stakeholder
2. Majority of kidney cancers diagnosed at earliest stage
3. Former Senate Majority Leader, Princeton Economist Joust on Future of Health Care
4. New Survey Finds Overwhelming Majority of Working Americans Not Financially Prepared for Disability, Would Rely on Sources Other than Themselves for Support
5. 2008 Childrens Nutrition Survey Reveals Majority of U.S. Parents Unaware of DHA Benefits to Childrens Health
6. Former U.S. Senate Majority Leaders Baker, Daschle, Dole, and Mitchell Launch Unprecedented Health Care Effort
7. Medco Acquires Majority Interest in Europa Apotheek; Delivering Innovation, Clinical Quality and Lower-Cost Solutions to Fast-Growing German Health Care Market
8. Blunt: On PEPFAR, Majority Attempts to Spend in Five Years What CBO Says It Cant in 10
9. Majority of U.S. Doctors Back National Insurance Plan
10. Indiana University study finds majority of US physicians favor national health insurance
11. New Home Safety Council(R) Research Shows the Majority of Families Underestimate the Danger of Poisoning Exposure at Home
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:7/18/2019)... ... 2019 , ... The Radiology Business Management Association is urging ... protect patients from unexpected out-of-network medical bills incurred while receiving care at in-network ... H.R. 3502 ), introduced in the U.S. House by Representatives Raul Ruiz, M.D. ...
(Date:7/18/2019)... ATLANTA (PRWEB) , ... July 18, 2019 , ... LEAD ... for Epilepsy organized by the Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia. The event is scheduled to ... front of Building 4 at Concourse Parkway, right under the King & Queen Buildings. ...
(Date:7/18/2019)... (PRWEB) , ... July 18, 2019 , ... ... physicians for being nominated 2019 Texas Monthly Super Doctor Rising Star ... colleagues (excluding themselves) who they would trust for their own medical care. The ...
(Date:7/17/2019)... ... July 17, 2019 , ... Guruji Mahendra Trivedi, founder ... on today’s issues affecting humanity at practical and spiritual levels. Guruji Mahendra Trivedi ... July 20, 2019. , Guruji Mahendra Trivedi offers these powerful workshops to deepen ...
(Date:7/17/2019)... ... July 17, 2019 , ... ... participating in Medicare Advantage, Medicaid, and Marketplace programs is pleased to announce the ... Electronic Health Records (EHR) integration at the point of care to providers ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:7/17/2019)... ... July 17, 2019 , ... Argos Risk, an industry leader ... healthcare sector during the second quarter of 2019. Three nationwide companies, whose primary ... a strong client list in managing and mitigating third-party risk. , “We are ...
(Date:7/17/2019)... ... July 16, 2019 , ... Steven C. Bilt, Chief ... driver of business performance in the dental industry during a panel discussion at Dykema’s ... July 11th at the Omni Dallas Hotel in Dallas, Texas. , Bilt co-founded Smile ...
(Date:7/17/2019)... ... July 16, 2019 , ... ... quality assisted living options, has announced the Best Assisted Living Communities in ... services, amenities, resident satisfaction, affordability and more.     , AssistedLiving.org used a unique ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: