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Legislative update: Will changes to Medicare therapy cap improve chronic wound care?

from Today's Wound Clinic

Physical therapists remain an integral part of the wound care team on both an inpatient and outpatient basis. However, PTs (and their employers) have been saddled with a therapy cap that for more than 20 years has limited payment for the services that they provide in the outpatient space. The Balanced Budget Act of 19971 has placed an annual cap on rehabilitation services under Medicare, and many PTs have struggled with providing adequate wound care in the time since. In recent years, Congress has recognized the potential harmful effect of reduced services to Medicare beneficiaries and, as a result, has acted several times to prevent the implementation of a "hard cap." more

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