The end of the year is quickly approaching, leaving Congress little time to address Medicare therapy caps by extending the current therapy cap exceptions process. It is imperative for all therapists to contact their members of Congress and let them know the detrimental impact of the therapy caps on Medicare beneficiaries.
U.S. Representatives Jim Gerlach (R-PA) and Xavier Becerra (D-CA), Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) have introduced the Medicare Access to Rehabilitation Services Act (H.R. 1546/S. 829). This legislation would repeal the cap on therapy services for Medicare beneficiaries. If Congress does not take action by December 31, 2011, therapy caps will be imposed on Medicare-covered physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech language pathology services.
Congress needs to hear from front-line health care providers within the long-term care community that the therapy cap is bad public policy that would be especially hard on patients in long-term care settings. With congressional focus on debt reduction and recommendations from the “Super Committee”, we need to ensure that Congress does not lose sight of Medicare extenders that are set to expire at the end of the year. Please contact your member of Congress today on this critical issue – we need to take action NOW to ensure the cap does not go back into place.
Please log onto the NASL (National Support for Long Term Care) website and with just a few clicks, you can send letters to your Legislators today. http://capwiz.com/nasl/issues/alert/?alertid=42500531&type=CO
(Notes taken from ASHA and NASL websites)