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TAKE ACTION NOW

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Dear NASL Advocate, Congress is working to address many priorities including tax reform, continuing resolutions, funding for 2018, CHIP reauthorization, and the so-called Medicare “Extenders Package” that will contain the Therapy Cap repeal and related provisions.  The situation is fluid with Congress identifying and negotiating offsets, or other policies to pay for these priorities.  NASL is now hearing that it is possible the Medicare “Extenders Package” may not be taken up by Congress prior to December 31st.  The current exceptions process runs through December 31, 2017.  This could mean that Congressional action on the Therapy Caps does not take place … Continue reading

Take Action! Ask Congress to Cosponsor Therapy Cap Repeal Legislation

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Ask Congress to Cosponsor Therapy Cap Repeal Legislation Protect Medicare beneficiaries from arbitrary limits on outpatient therapy Take Action! Ask Congress to Cosponsor S. 539 / H.R. 775 Earlier this week, Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Susan Collins (R-ME) re-introduced legislation that would protect Medicare beneficiaries from arbitrary limits on outpatient physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology services that are often needed to recover from debilitating illnesses, such as stroke, or support the effective management of conditions including multiple sclerosis and arthritis.  S. 539, the Medicare Access to Rehabilitation Services Act, would permanently repeal the $1,940 cap imposed on physical … Continue reading

Infinicast Vol.13 — IMPACT Act and the Changing Landscape of Post-Acute Therapy

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Mike and Derek sit down to discuss some major legislative changes that will have an IMPACT on many aspects of Post-Acute Therapy. Specifically, they go into detail on the IMPACT Act of 2014 which will “Amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for standardized post-acute care assessment data for quality, payment, and discharge planning, and for other purposes.” Here is a summary of the bill: http://www.finance.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/IMPACT%20Summary.pdf Click the play button to view this highly informative Infinicast.

Contact Congress About Repealing Medicare Part B Therapy Caps

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Infinity Rehab is an active member of the National Association for the Support of Long-term Care (NASL).  The therapy industry is faced with the possibility of the therapy cap exceptions process expiring at the end of March this year.  This would have a severe impact on the older adults we serve every day.  Please read the notification from NASL and send a letter to your Congressional leaders requesting their support of access to rehabilitation services for older adults. Click here for the notification from NASL

Season’s Greetings from Infinity Rehab!

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It has been an eventful year: sequester, functional G-codes, government shutdown, healthcare.gov, and now a budget deal. This month, the U.S. Senate voted 64-36 to approve a bipartisan budget agreement. The House passed the measure on December 12 and the President has indicated he will sign the bill into law. The bill includes an amendment that avoids a 20% reduction in the physician fee schedule (Sustainable Growth Rate or SGR) that was scheduled for January 1, 2014. It also extends the therapy caps exceptions process as well as the Manual Medical Review Process (MMR). Unfortunately, the bill is only a … Continue reading