Write A Letter: Ask Congress to Support the SMART Act and Three Policies That Will Protect OTAs
The Medicare Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) 15% payment differential is set to take effect on January 1, 2022, and we need you to weigh in with your elected officials.
The “Stabilizing Medicare Access to Rehabilitation and Therapy Act” (SMART Act) was introduced by Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) and Rep. Jason Smith (R-MO) in the United States House of Representatives. This legislation would delay and mitigate the impact of a looming 15% cut to Medicare Part B services provided by occupational therapy assistants, set to begin in January 2022. These cuts are a threat to occupational therapy assistants and may leave many seniors—especially those in underserved and rural areas—with less access to critical occupational therapy services.
We need you to write to your members of Congress and ask your Representative to co-sponsor the SMART Act and ask your Senators to support similar policies that will reduce the impact of this cut on beneficiary access to therapy services and for occupational therapy practitioners. While Congress has told us they will not repeal this payment differential, they can take steps to reduce the impact including delaying the change until 2023, permanently removing overly restrictive Medicare supervision requirements for private practice and bringing them into alignment with state requirements, and exempting rural and underserved areas from these payment changes.
Please write to your elected officials today and ask them to help preserve access to crucial occupational therapy services.