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Repeal of the Medicare Cap on Outpatient Therapy and amendment for Physical Therapists to Opt Out of Medicare

Repeal of the Medicare Cap on Outpatient Therapy and amendment for Physical Therapists to Opt Out of Medicare

On my mind today: Following is a list of the Members of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health. We need to contact these folks to ask them to support H.R. 1546 (112th): Medicare Access to Rehabilitation Services Act of 2011. This will amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to repeal the Medicare outpatient rehabilitation therapy caps. By repealing the outpatient rehabilitation caps we will allow patients with chronic illnesses and complicated recoveries to continue to access the care they need to live a full and functional life. If your representative is not on this list, please contact them anyway. Every representative matters. Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health Rep. Kevin Brady, TX, Chairman Rep. Sam Johnson, TX Rep. Paul Ryan, WI Rep. Devin Nunes, CA Rep. Peter Roskam, IL Rep. Jim Gerlach, PA Rep. Tom Price, GA Rep. Vern Buchanan, FL our credit card findercurrent financial climate the Rep. Adrian Smith, NE Rep. Jim McDermott, WA, Ranking Member Rep. Mike Thompson, CA Rep. Earl Blumenauer, OR Rep. Ron Kind, WI Rep. Bill Pascrell, NJ Contact Info: Ways and Means Committee Office 1102 Longworth House Office Building Washington D.C. 20515 P: 202-225-3625 F: 202-225-2610 We also need to ask our representatives to amend Section 1802(b)(5)(B) of the Social Security Act, which currently prohibits physical therapists from entering into private contracts with Medicare patients to provide services. Because the current law does not allow physical therapists to “opt out” of Medicare, small physical therapist owned private practices that do not participate with Medicare are prohibited from treating Medicare patients. This prohibits a significant portion of the population from seeking physical therapy care from the provider of their choice. Nearly all other healthcare providers and physicians are able to “opt out” and many service providers (massage therapists and personal trainers) are not […]

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