Therapy Caps Back on as Congress Delays Action. “From a patient perspective, the longer the therapy cap with no exceptions process is in effect, it becomes a problem,” Cynthia Morton told McKnight’s.
'Extenders' Package Would Repeal Therapy Caps, but SNF Payment Changes May be Included. Cynthia Morton calls the therapy cap repeal "pretty exciting," telling McKnight's that she believes there's momentum to end the 20-year old therapy cap problem. (McKnight's 10/16/17)
Three Committees - Senate Finance, House Energy and Commerce, and House Ways and Means - announced that they reached a bi-partisan, bicameral agreement on policy to permanently repeal the Part B Outpatient Therapy Cap. The policy will repeal the therapy caps as of January 1, 2018, continue to require that an appropriate modifier be included on claims indicating the services are medically necessary, and continue targeted medical review of claims established by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). A copy of the discussion draft as well as a red line version that is easier to review are available for download through the NASL Member Resources page (member login is required). (10/27/17)
Don't miss the great summary from ONC Principal Deputy National Coordinator for Health Information Technology on HealthITBuzz blog about the recent LTPAC Summit with NASL members & key stakeholders. NASL applauds our IT Committee members that have signed the ONC Health IT Interoperability Pledge, too. Read Out of NHIT Week Long-Term and Post-Acute Care Summit. (HealthITBuzz blog, 10/26/17)
At its 28th Annual Meeting, NASL names Leigh Ann Frick, President, Care Navigation Consulting, its 2017 Member of the Year. (10/16/17)