Therapy Center strives to provide superior rehabilitation services for patients within the communities we serve. Because of the current imposed Therapy Cap, our patients are limited to the amount of outpatient therapy they can receive under Medicare Part B. Spreading awareness of the Therapy Cap is extremely important because many deserving patients are being denied services that are integral to their recovery and most importantly, limiting their ability to remain independent in their local community.
According to the APTA, “Data show that patients who have had a stroke, hip fracture, or multiple disabilities are most to be impacted by the cap. The therapy cap reduces Medicare beneficiaries’ access to rehabilitation services by limiting their choice of providers, forcing them to bear 100% of the cost of care once they exceed it, or rationing their care to avoid exhausting their benefits. The harmful impact of the cap is worsened by coupling physical therapy and speech-language pathology services under one cap. Forcing patients to choose between 2 vital functions of daily living, movement and speech, only further exacerbates the impact of the cap.”
These factors, among others, is why the Medicare Access to Rehabilitation Services Act is so important. This piece of legislation would permanently repeal the cap on outpatient rehabilitation services, allowing us and other rehabilitative providers to take care of our patients according to their needs.
Therapy Center wants to thank the Therapy Cap Coalition for it’s continued support of HR 713/S 367. With therapy providers throughout the country coming together to make our voice heard in Congress, we feel we can actually make a difference for the betterment of our local communities. We believe now is the time to repeal the Therapy Cap permanently and to implement the reform provisions already negotiated by the House and Senate committees of jurisdiction. “Completing this legislation this year or before the March 31, 2015 deadline provides an opportunity to end the pattern of yearly extensions that puts access to medically necessary therapy for 1 million Medicare beneficiaries at risk,” says the Therapy Cap Coalition in a letter to the Senate Finance Committee.
Again, we extend our thanks to these therapy providers throughout the country that join us in support of this important piece of legislation:
American Occupational Therapy Association
American Physical Therapy Association
American Speech-Language Hearing Association
Focus on Therapeutic Outcomes
National Association for the support of Long Term Care
National Association of Rehabilitation of Providers and Agencies
National Center for Assisted Living
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
National Stroke Association
Parkinson’s Action Network
Private Practice Section, American Physical Therapy Association
PTPN (formerly Physical Therapy Provider Network)
The ALS Association