Final 2020 Fee Schedule: CMS Relents on PTA Differential System for 2020; Presses on With Planned 8% Cut to Physical Therapy in 2021 “We’ve brought the association’s voice to bear on the PTA modifier issue, and CMS listened. Over the next 12 months, we will leverage every possible opportunity – working with Congress and CMS–to change this flawed policy.” Skilled Nursing Facility PDPM & Home Health PDGM: What You Need to Know As part of overall efforts to move Medicare payment away from fee for service and toward a structure that holds providers accountable for patient outcomes and costs, CMS has made significant changes to the home health and skilled nursing facility (SNF) payment systems.

Call to Action

We Need Patient Voices: Contact Your Members of Congress on Proposed Medicare Fee Schedule 8% Cuts. Share any stories about how physical therapy has helped you maintain your quality of life.  Let Congress know the negative impact the proposed cuts will have on patient access to care should they move forward with it.  Help let your patients know their voices count!

Submit Comments to CMS on Scope of Practice Laws
CMS is seeking additional input and recommendations regarding elimination of specific Medicare regulations that require more stringent supervision than existing state scope of practice laws, or that limit health professionals from practicing at the top of their license.

4 things to know about the Physical Therapy Payment Squeeze

The demand for physical therapy is increasing. Payment cuts could dry up the supply.
Tell Congress and CMS that cuts to physical
therapy payment must stop. #FightTheCut

Friday Focus: The Updates You Want, Without the Ones You Don’t

Payment Issue: Covers payment trends, initiatives, legislation/regulation, and other related issues. Typically delivers the fourth Friday of every month. Friday Focus highlights pertinent news from the past month and links to related information you might be interested in. It’s free to APTA members – but you must update your email preferences within your APTA profile and opt-in to be subscribed to Friday Focus.