Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Susan Collins (R-ME) and Representatives Jim Gerlach (R-PA) and Xavier Becerra (D-CA) introduced identical bills (S. 367/H.R. 713) on February 14, 2013, that would repeal the cap on outpatient therapy services. Arbitrary caps on services impede access to medically necessary outpatient therapy and should be replaced with a system based on patient needs and clinical judgment of the providers. Please contact your members of Congress today and request that they cosponsor this important legislation.
ASHA has been working with other stakeholder groups in the development of alternatives to the current therapy cap policy. This year it is anticipated that Congress will be considering options on how to reform the current Medicare payment system for all outpatient services by transitioning from the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula to a system based on rewarding providers for outcomes and efficiency. ASHA believes that this reform should include the repeal and replacement of the therapy caps.
For additional information, please contact Ingrida Lusis, ASHA's director of federal and political advocacy, at firstname.lastname@example.org.