On Thursday, March 26, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (H.R. 2), to repeal and reform the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR), while extending the Medicare therapy cap exception process only until December 31, 2017. The Senate has not yet voted on the legislation and is in recess until April 13.
In the meantime, Senator Ben Cardin, a Maryland Democrat, announced that he is prepared to lead the fight to end 18 years of temporary fixes to the therapy cap by ending the cap completely. The historic change could come through an amendment to H.R. 2. But there’s a challenge: Senators need to agree to allow a vote on Cardin's amendment.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has advised that they will typically hold claims for 14 calendar days, allowing Congress a short window of time when they return from the recess to come to an agreement and pass legislation to prevent cuts to payments and allow necessary therapy services to continue above the therapy cap amount of $1,940.
What You Can Do: The American Physical Therapists Association, the American Occupational Therapy Association and American Speech and Hearing Association are asking that you please keep up communication with your legislators; encourage your patients and colleagues to reach out as well to support inclusion of full repeal of the therapy cap. For Ohio and Pennsylvania partners, the contact information is as follows:
In Ohio, Sherrod Brown by email or by phoning (202) 224-2315; Rob Portman, by email or by phoning 202-224-3353; in Pennsylvania, Robert Casey Jr. by email or by phone, 202-224-6324 or Pat Toomey by email, or by phone, 202-224-4254.
Take just a few minutes to send an email to ask your representative to co-sponsor this important legislation and make sure your voice is heard as an advocate for physical, occupational, and speech therapy.
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