Now that the PTA/OTA differential has gone into effect, we must keep up the pressure on lawmakers to pass H.R.5536 in order to suspend the PTA/OTA differential for the rest of the year and exempt those in rural and medically underserved areas.
The bipartisan Stabilizing Medicare Access to Rehabilitation and Therapy (SMART) Act (H.R.5536) has 3 goals:
- Suspend--through December 31, 2022--Medicare’s 15% differential for care provided in whole or in part by a therapy assistant.
- Permanently exempt PTAs and OTAs who provide care in rural or medically underserved areas from the 15% differential.
- Standardize the supervision requirement under Medicare across all settings, which will allow supervision to be determined at the state level; only 6 states have practice requirements which are more stringent than Medicare’s.
If this bill would help your bottom line or reduce your administrative burdens, take action now to ask your Representative to co-sponsor the SMART Act (H.R.5536).
Take action now to tell your legislators to co-sponsor the SMART Act!
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