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21st Century Cures Act Signed Into Law (1:00)
Statement from PT PAC:
On Tuesday, December 13, 2016, President Obama signed the bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act into law. The 21st Century Cures Act provides $4.8 billion in new funding to advance medical research and innovation which seeks to accelerate the development and delivery of precision medicine, treatments, and cures. The 21st Century Cures Act contained within it multiple pieces of legislation supported by APTA vital to the provision of, and access to, Physical Therapist services. These include:
· The Enhancing the Stature and Visibility of Medical Rehabilitation Research at NIH Act (S.800) was included under Section 2040 of the 21st Century Cures Act. This section, entitled “Improving Medical Rehabilitation Research at the National Institutes of Health”, improves the coordination of research and training across at the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research by requiring the Center to periodically update a comprehensive research plan for medical rehabilitation research. Additionally, the legislation required the Center to report their achievements to Congress as well as periodically host a conference on medical rehabilitation research to inform other agencies, researchers, and the public about their breakthroughs and achievements.
· A long-standing priority bill for APTA and the Private Practice Section of APTA (PPS) – the Prevent Interruptions in Physical Therapy Act (S. 313) – was included under Section 16006 of the 21st Century Cures Act. This section of the bill, entitled “Allowing Physical Therapists to Utilize Locum Tenens Arrangements under Medicare,” allows physical therapists who participate in Medicare to enter into locum tenens arrangements, thereby allowing the PT to bring in an additional licensed physical therapist during the primary therapists temporary absence for reasons such as illness, pregnant, vacation, or continuing medical education. Locum tenens arrangement ensure for the provision of continued care during for patients in spite of a necessary absence by their primary provider. Under the legislation, locum tenens arrangement may only be utilized by Physical Therapists in medically underserved areas, health professional shortage areas, or rural areas.
· Section 4013 of the 21st Century Cures Act, entitled “Telehealth Services in Medicare”, requires the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide a report to Congress regarding the expansion of telehealth services under the Medicare program. The report will highlight patient populations who are likely to benefit from telehealth expansion, the types of high volume services that may be suitable to be furnished utilizing telehealth services under Medicare. Additionally, the legislation includes within is a “sense of Congress” that indicates there should be an expansion of originating sites beyond what is currently statutorily authorized. This sections inclusion within 21st Century Cures sets the stage for extensive data collection that can be utilized for the purposes of telehealth service expansions in the future. Pursuing payment of PT services provided via telehealth is a priority for APTA.
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ACROSS HEALTHCARE (5:33)
ACROSS THE PROFESSION (6:50)
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WHAT THE HELL THEATRE (9:55)
This episode brought to you by your host Jimmy McKay, PT, DPT recent Marymount University Alum, and your executive producer Rachel Jermann, SPT from University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.
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