ASHA, the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), and the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) are aware of the potential for clinicians and assistants to be negatively impacted by the reactions of some home health agencies when implementing Medicare’s Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) on January 1, 2020. Unnecessary staffing changes could affect the clinicians’ practice patterns and their ability to exercise clinical judgment, as well as patients’ access to care — ultimately damaging the quality of therapy provided by home health agencies. Our organizations continue ongoing dialogue with both the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the home health agencies to ensure that Medicare beneficiaries continue receiving the skilled therapy they need. ASHA, APTA, and AOTA are committed to advocating on behalf of our professions and the people they treat.
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