APTQI Applauds Bipartisan Congressional Letter to HHS/CMS Urging Medicare to Delay or Mitigate Looming Specialty Provider Cuts

Today the Alliance for Physical Therapy Quality and Innovation (APTQI) applauded a bipartisan letter signed by more than 160 House lawmakers urging the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to take immediate actions to delay or mitigate significant Medicare cuts scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2021, while allowing the scheduled E/M payment increases. Specifically, the lawmakers expressed deep concern that Medicare’s budget neutrality requirement will result in severe losses for many specialty providers who are already reeling from the financial and operational impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The bipartisan letter, spearheaded by Representatives Roger Marshall, M.D. (R-Kan.), Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.), Brad Wenstrup, D.P.M. (R-Ohio), Terri A. Sewell (D-Ala.), David McKinley (R-W.Va.), and Tom O'Halleran (D-Ariz.), detailed the severe financial challenges providers are facing as a result of the ongoing public health emergency and urged HHS and CMS to “engage with stakeholders in establishing fair and equitable payment solutions that address Medicare payment cuts at this time, while at the same time moving forward with policies to increase payments to primary care and other office-based specialties.”

“On both sides of the aisle, elected officials are rightly focused on turning back Medicare’s severe cuts to specialty providers who are working diligently to maintain patient access to critical services during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Nikesh Patel, PT, Executive Director of APTQI. “During a time of unprecedented upheaval and uncertainty, it is inappropriate and irresponsible to allow these cuts to go into effect. APTQI commends these bipartisan lawmakers for fighting on behalf of specialty providers by urging HHS and CMS to delay these dangerous cuts.”

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