Stop Therapy Cuts for 2021
It is very important that our voices are heard to stop the therapy payment cuts that are slated for 2021. These cuts will severely impact the services that we are providing to Medicare beneficiaries who are the most vulnerable population during this pandemic. Here are a few ways you can get involved:
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Dear Flagship Therapist,
Flagship Rehabilitation is active on the national level helping in a broader coalition effort to oppose the cuts to the Physician Fee Schedule that CMS has proposed for 2021. The cuts to therapy services CMS has proposed are part of a broader effort where CMS is increasing funding to other specialties such as primary care. To fight this, we need to actively communicate with Congress to pass legislation that would moderate these cuts. We have limited time to do this as the legislative calendar is short before the end of the year and Congress has many other issues competing for attention.
On October 30th, U.S. Representatives Ami Bera (D-CA) and Larry Bucshon (R-IN) introduced a bill that would provide for a temporary legislative fix to the cuts rehabilitation therapists face next year. The bill, the Holding Providers Harmless from Medicare Cuts During COVID-19 Act of 2020 (H.R. 8702), would provide critical relief to providers scheduled to receive Medicare payment cuts under the fee schedule next year by ensuring that payments to these providers – including rehabilitation therapists – are kept stable at 2020 rates for the next two years.
We need to encourage Congress to address these cuts. So, we are asking you to please reach out to your Member of Congress by clicking the link below to access a simple form to submit a letter urging your member of Congress to cosponsor H.R. 8702. Nursing facility patients are most vulnerable to COVID-19 and the middle of a global pandemic is the wrong time to cut payment for services including rehabilitation therapy. We need Congress to help us address these cuts now.
Please take two minutes to click here to contact your member of Congress.
As we have communicated previously, CMS will soon finalize a 9% cut to many Part B services to take effect on January 1, 2021. Combined with the devastating impact of COVID-19, these cuts could be detrimental to patient services. By submitting your letter to Congress, you are advocating for your patients and profession to establish fair and equitable payment solutions and urging immediate action to delay or mitigate payment cuts.
Congress needs to understand the difficult environment we are working in daily and to realize these cuts could have a devastating impact on long-term care.
Thank you for your advocacy and for all that you do for your patients. #FightTheCut
Please take action and share this with your team members and everyone you know who can help us send a message to Congress to vote on the bill that would allow for a temporary moratorium on Medicare B cuts slated to go into effect on January 1, 2021.
Visit the American Occupational Therapy Association Take Action Page
Visit the American Physical Therapy Association Take Action Page
Visit the American Speech Language Hearing Association Take Action Page
Visit the National Association of Rehab Providers and Agencies Take Action Page
Visit the National Association for the Support of Long Term Care Take Action Page
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