CMS Rule Finalized
Tuesday, November 5, 2019
CMS Finalizes Physician Fee Schedule Rule - Impacting Physical Therapist Payments
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released the final rule on Friday for the physician fee schedule for 2020. This rule will cut physical therapist payment by 8% in 2021.
APTA and FPTA are extremely disappointed that the physician fee schedule final rule will cut physical therapist payment in 2021, with no rationale or response from CMS to thousands of letters opposing the cuts. These cuts are a dire threat to patient access and safe alternatives to pain.
CMS did listen to reason on the PTA modifier policy, adopting all of APTA's recommended changes, which makes their inaction and lack of explanation on flawed payment cuts all the more confusing.
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"The 8% cuts to PTs in the face of mounting evidence for our roles in healthy aging, fall prevention, and stark reduction in opioid exposure and overall costs is inexplicable and irresponsible. Our US citizens & publicly supported health system deserves better." - Sharon Dunn, APTA President