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Public policy is the system of laws, regulations, action plans and funding priorities adopted by federal and local governing bodies. Advocacy is the process undertaken to provide education for policy makers with the goal of shaping policy for the common good. Consistent with APTA’s 2019-2021 Strategic Plan, the Hand Academy recognizes our professional responsibility to educate policy makers to ensure equal access to our services, fair reimbursement for those services and protect our profession.

Advocacy Opportunities

Sequestration

On March 28, the U.S. Senate passed a compromise bill to extend the moratorium on the Medicare Sequestration for a nine-months (through the end of 2021). The House must pass this legislation when it resumes in mid-April. Contact your representative and ask for their support! APTA Advocacy


Telehealth

On Tuesday, March 23 the APTA-supported Expanded Telehealth Access Act (H.R. 2168) was introduced the U.S. House of Representatives. This bipartisan legislation would make permanent the current temporary policy that allows physical therapists and physical therapist assistants to deliver and bill for services provided via telehealth under Medicare. APTA Take Action Center


Locum Tenens

The Prevent Interruptions in Physical Therapy Act (H.R. 1611) was introduced on 3/8/21. This legislation will expand the use of locum tenens by PT’s and patient access to care under Medicare. Physical therapists, small businesses in therapy, and patients continue to struggle as we recover from the impact of the COVID pandemic. Providing physical therapists support and flexibility to ensure that patient care is not interrupted is critical now more than ever. Please contact your representative through the APTA LAC and ask them to cosponsor this important legislation.


Medicare OPT Out

The Medicare Empowerment Act (S. 826) was introduced in the Senate last week. This legislation would expand the list of authorized providers who can privately contract with Medicare beneficiaries (i.e. Opt-Out) to include therapy providers.


Physical Activity

The Physical Activity Recommendations for American Acts (H.R. 2094) was introduced to ensure that the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans are revised regularly to provide the most up-to-date information. A senate companion is expected to be introduced in the near future.


APTA Federal Advocacy

APTA provides a consistent lobbying presence with members of Congress, regulatory agencies, and commercial payers. Adding your voice strengthens our efforts. Learn about the advocacy issues that are affecting our profession and society, and then take action using one of the options below. Showing your support takes only minutes and can make a lasting impact. Click here for more information.

APTA has released Public Policy Priorities and recommended solutions for 2021-2022. This document will be distributed to Congress and other stakeholders in the near future. You can download this document APTA Public Policy Priorities 2021-2022.

2022 Physicians Fee Schedule: APTA sent correspondence to CMS requesting a meeting in anticipation of the proposed 2022 PFS. The E/M coalition (includes APTA) sent a letter to all members of Congress thanking them for action to reduce the 2021 fee schedule cuts and asking them for support to avoid additional cuts in 2022.

Join the APTA Advocacy Network

The APTA Advocacy Network (formerly PTeam) keeps APTA member advocates connected and engaged. Members participate for free and receive special legislative updates and action alerts when we need your voice. https://www.apta.org/advocacy/apta-advocacy-network

Medicare Fee Schedule Payment Reductions Advocacy

https://www.apta.org/advocacy/issues/medicare-physician-fee-schedule/fee-schedule-reductions