LIFTING THERAPY CAPS FROM MEDICARE
Lifting Therapy Caps Is A Load Off Medicare Patients’ Shoulders
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As of Jan. 1, Medicare beneficiaries are eligible for therapy indefinitely as long as their doctor — or in some states, physician assistant, clinical nurse specialist or nurse practitioner — confirms their need for therapy and they continue to meet other requirements. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) last month notified health care providers about the change.
Under a recent change in federal law, people who qualify for Medicare’s therapy services will no longer lose them because they used too much.
The federal budget agreement Congress approved last month removes annual caps on how much Medicare pays for physical, occupational or speech therapy and streamlines the medical review process. It applies to people in traditional Medicare as well as those with private Medicare Advantage policies.
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