In the 2021 proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule rule released on August 3rd, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recommends significant payment reductions to more than three dozen health care professions, including occupational therapy. CMS is using the revenue from these cuts to offset an increase in payments for primary care physicians. As a part of these payment reductions, occupational therapy practitioners are facing up to a 9% cut to Medicare Part B reimbursement, despite ongoing advocacy with Congress, the Department of Health and Human Services, CMS, and the Office of Management and Budget by AOTA, the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and multiple physician specialty groups throughout 2019 and 2020. If adopted in the final rule, the cuts will be effective January 1, 2021, at a time when providers and patients will still be feeling effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. These cuts are the result of a Medicare statutory requirement known as “budget neutrality” which requires that any increase in costs to the Medicare program must result in decreased spending elsewhere in the Medicare program.
We will continue to advocate against these cuts with CMS, and are asking Congress to intervene to stop these payment reductions, but we need you to take action now.
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