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The Lymphedema Coverage Act was included and passed in the house and will be considered by the senate as part of the passage of H.R. 3.
APTA and other providers are working on the 8% Medicare cut by trying to get leads for a congressional sign on letter to CMS.
H.R. 5453, Locum tenens legislation was introduced by Rep Lujan (D-NM) and Rep. Bilirakis (R-FL) which would allow PTs to bring in another licensed PT to treat Medicare patients in the event of an absence. This bill would expand the practice to the entire nation.
A template has been designed for patients to send letters to their members of Congress on the 8% Medicare cut. This can be accessed on choosept.com in the Patient Action Center.
Because of the collective efforts of APTA members and staff, CMS took notice of the issue of using a modifier for PTA/OTA services. While it hung on to the policy that the modifier must be applied when 10% or more of the service is delivered by a PTA or OTA, the agency’s final rule for 2020 backed away from many of the more problematic elements of its proposed plan.