Here’s the latest news from AOTA’s Legislative Action Center.
Congress Passes Short-Term Fix to Therapy Caps; Next Year Becomes Critical
Consumers and practitioners narrowly escaped the therapy cap when Congress passed the Medicare, Medicaid and SCHIP Extension Act of 2007 (S. 2499) at the end of the 2007 congressional session.
Proving that achieving an extension to the Medicare Part B therapy caps exceptions process and prevention of a schedule 10.1% cut to the Physician Fee Schedule is not a given, Congress passed a 6 month extension of the exceptions process and .5% increase to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule at the 11th hour on December 18 & 19. The Medicare, Medicaid and SCHIP Extension Act of 2007 (S. 2499) passed the Senate on December 18 by unanimous consent and the House of Representatives on December 19 by a vote of 411-3.