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CMS has proposed a new rule, CMS-6012-P, "Establishment of Special Payment Provisions and Requirements for Qualified Practitioners and Qualified Suppliers of Prosthetics and Custom Fabricated Orthotics" which removes the exemptions for PTs and OTs to quality...
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Our first call to action for 2017 is an important one - to repeal the Medicare therapy cap!  Without Congressional action, the therapy cap exceptions process will expire at the end of this year, so a repeal of the cap in 2017 is key.   On February 1, the...
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The 21st Century Cures bill has passed both the House and Senate, and is now on the President's desk and expected to be signed into law.  This legislation includes significant provisions that bolster public health efforts and quality health care, including a $4...
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A top priority for PTPN's Political Action program this year has been commenting on and keeping you up-to-date on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposals for 2017 that affect therapy professionals and practices. There were many! This is our year-end...
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On September 28, PTPN submitted comments to CMS on the proposed addition of hip and femur fractures to the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CCJR) program for bundled payments that began in April of this year.  The proposal extends the CCJR bundling provisions...
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On September 6, PTPN submitted comments to CMS on the proposed 2017 Medicare fee schedule.  Specifically, we commented on the following areas:   New Evaluation Codes.  CMS has proposed three new therapy evaluation codes to reflect three different levels of...
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This week PTPN commented on the proposed CMS rule for implementing the "Quality Payment Program" which includes the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs) under the Physician Fee Schedule.  While therapists are not...
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