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CMS has released the final 2020 Medicare physician fee schedule

Tuesday, November 12, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Matthew Nicholas
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CMS has released the final 2020 Medicare physician fee schedule

A major win, and a major challenge: that's what APTA and the physical therapy profession are facing now that the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the final 2020 Medicare physician fee schedule. While the agency seems to have listened to critics and made significant positive changes to the way it will calculate payment when therapy services are delivered "in part" by a physical therapist assistant (PTA), it inexplicably ignored thousands of comments, including a letter from members of Congress, calling for reconsideration of a proposed 8% cut for physical therapy payment and host of other disciplines in 2021. The planned cuts set the stage for intense advocacy efforts by APTA and other professional organizations representing a wide range of health professions including psychologists, occupational therapists, ophthalmologists, chiropractors, and clinical social workers.  [CMS has also issued a fact sheet and press release on the final rule.] Read more...

As reported by APTA's PT in Motion news: New Now Staff (2019, Nov 4) Final 2020 Fee Schedule: CMS Relents on PTA Differential System for 2020; Presses on With Planned 8% Cut to Physical Therapy in 2021 from" www.apta.org/PTinMotion/News

11/12/2019

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