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Congress Urged to Take Immediate Action to Ensure Frail Patients Continue to Receive Critical Therapy Services
Date:1/27/2010

30 Groups Emphasize The Urgency Of Repealing Medicare Part B Therapy Caps Exceptions Process For Thousands of Americans

WASHINGTON, Jan. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A coalition of organizations representing consumers, health professionals and providers recently sent a letter to Congressional Leadership, calling for the immediate reinstatement of the exceptions process for Medicare Part B outpatient therapy services. Without such efforts, thousands of Medicare beneficiaries will exceed arbitrary limitations on physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology services.

"There is a critical need for uninterrupted Medicare therapy benefits, and we urge Congress to protect America's vulnerable populations from the adverse effects of arbitrary financial caps on medically-necessary rehabilitation services for Medicare beneficiaries," stated R. Scott Ward, PT, PhD, President of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

"The long term care profession is deeply committed to enhancing the quality of care and services provided to high-acuity patients in our facilities, such as those patients recovering from strokes and joint replacements, and access to therapy services plays an integral role," stated Bruce Yarwood, President and CEO of the American Health Care Association (AHCA).

The letter from industry leaders indicates that 14.5 percent of Medicare beneficiaries who receive rehabilitation services per year are estimated to exceed the cap, and once the arbitrary limit on coverage is reached, many individuals with disabilities and senior citizens may have to forego necessary care.

"Patient needs are not arbitrary – and monetary caps on therapy do not take into account the importance of rehabilitation when it comes to returni
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