Medicare: Legislation to Create SLP Medicare Independent Practitioner Status Introduced in Senate On September 4, 2001, Senator John Ensign (R-NV) introduced companion bills, S. 1394 and S. 1395, that would permanently repeal the $1,500 therapy caps and provide a technical correction to the outpatient section of the Medicare statute to provide greater patient access to speech-language pathology services in private practice ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2001
Medicare: Legislation to Create SLP Medicare Independent Practitioner Status Introduced in Senate
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Article   |   October 01, 2001
Medicare: Legislation to Create SLP Medicare Independent Practitioner Status Introduced in Senate
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, October 2001, Vol. 11, 25. doi:10.1044/aas11.3.25
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, October 2001, Vol. 11, 25. doi:10.1044/aas11.3.25
On September 4, 2001, Senator John Ensign (R-NV) introduced companion bills, S. 1394 and S. 1395, that would permanently repeal the $1,500 therapy caps and provide a technical correction to the outpatient section of the Medicare statute to provide greater patient access to speech-language pathology services in private practice settings. ASHA lobbyists are currently securing sponsors to introduce these two measures in the House.
S. 1394, The Medicare Access to Rehabilitation Services Act of 2001, would permanently repeal the $1500 Medicare cap on outpatient rehabilitation therapy services originally instituted under the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 (BBA-97). The caps on speech-language, physical (PT), and occupational therapy (OT) services to Medicare beneficiaries are currently suspended under a temporary moratorium, but S. 1394 offers a permanent solution to the arbitrary and punitive caps.
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