Action Needed to Repeal the Therapy Cap H.R. 2954, the Medicare Modernization and Prescription Drug Act of 2002, included a 2-year extension of the Medicare $1,500 therapy caps moratorium as part of the Republican House of Representatives bill after an intensive lobbying campaign. Although not an outright repeal, the move would be a major step forward ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2002
Action Needed to Repeal the Therapy Cap
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Article   |   October 01, 2002
Action Needed to Repeal the Therapy Cap
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, October 2002, Vol. 12, 13-14. doi:10.1044/aas12.3.13
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, October 2002, Vol. 12, 13-14. doi:10.1044/aas12.3.13
H.R. 2954, the Medicare Modernization and Prescription Drug Act of 2002, included a 2-year extension of the Medicare $1,500 therapy caps moratorium as part of the Republican House of Representatives bill after an intensive lobbying campaign. Although not an outright repeal, the move would be a major step forward toward victory for ASHA and other rehabilitation groups seeking to permanently rescind the provision.
An initial draft of the House Ways and Means Committee report circulated in May 2002 had proposed a three-cap remedy. However, a successful amendment by Committee Chair Bill Thomas (R-CA) furthered the delay of the cap through 2004 to allow time to develop a better alternative solution. The GOP bill also calls for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to promptly submit “overdue reports” mandated by Congress in 1997 and 1999 on the payment for and utilization of outpatient therapy services.
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