Stakeholders speak out against CMS Medicare Part B therapy cuts
On November 1, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule that includes updates to payment policies, payment rates, and quality provisions for services furnished under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) effective on or after January 1, 2020. The rule includes an 8% cut from Medicare payments for physical and occupational therapy services starting in 2021.
The Alliance for Physical Therapy Quality and Innovation (APTQI) has spoken out against the cuts in a January 14 press release, claiming that the organization will not give up the fight to reverse the cuts. CMS received 41,000 letters in the comment period for the rule, accoridng to APTQI.