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PLEASE DELAY IMPLEMENTATION OF MMPR
Rep. Pat Tiberi
March 1, 2013
I am a Physical Therapist here in the State of Ohio. I am writing to ask you to PLEASE call the House Appropriations Committee leadership and request they take action to delay implementation of MPPR.
The APTA (American Physical Therapy Association)is developing an Alternative Payment System, which is scheduled to begin on April 1, 2015, and will move payment away from the current multiple procedures system.
Allowing MPPR to take effect will result in a 6-7% payment cut for outpatient therapy providers, in addition to the 6-7% cut applied in 2011. If sequestration is also implemented, Medicare providers will see a total payment cut of 8-9% in 2013.
Medicare payments are at a break-even level for expenses for physical therapy providers performing the care. Additional reductions that are redundant in the codes already will not allow clinics to be able to accept Medicare patients at below our cost to render services.
These payment cuts will be difficult for providers to absorb. Many outpatient therapy settings will stop treating Medicare patients or be forced to close their doors.
DELAWARE , OH