The 2021 MPFS proposed rule (https://www.regulations.gov/
Please send the following email to your Representative as soon as you can--asking them to join a letter requesting that the next COVID package include a 2-year waiver of the budget neutrality requirement that is forcing CMS to pay for an increase in Evaluation and Management (E/M) Codes on the backs of PTs and other specialists who don't bill E/M codes. The deadline for signing onto the letter is this Friday.
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In June, PPS and 52 other organizations (including the American Medical Association) sent a letter to Congressional leadership asking for legislation to waive budget neutrality requirements to prevent the deep cuts to non E/M code billing providers (https://ppsapta.org/sl_files/
Despite a full year of significant Congressional and stakeholder pushback since this cut was proposed last July (not to mention that we are in the midst of a public health and economic crisis), CMS's proposed 2021 MPFS further deepens those cuts (https://www.regulations.gov/
Will Rep. [____________] be willing to sign onto Rep. Rush's Dear Colleague (see below) seeking to include a waiver of budget neutrality on the E/M codes for 2 years in the next COVID-19 package? The deadline for signature is this Friday, Aug 7. As you know, waiving the budget neutrality requirements within the MPFS would prevent these drastic cuts to this large swath of critical health care providers--including physical therapists--who can't absorb such a cut during this joint public health emergency and economic crisis.
Please contact Lauren Citron in Rep. Rush’s office to sign on.
Thank you for your consideration,
Member, Private Practice Section of the American Physical Therapy Association
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