Ask Your Legislators to Repeal the Medicare Therapy Cap Immediately

Since Congress failed to act, a hard Medicare therapy cap returned on Medicare beneficiaries.  In 1997, Congress passed the Balanced Budget Act, which created an annual financial limit on physical therapy and speech-language pathology services, and a separate “cap” on occupational therapy, for all outpatient settings except hospitals. Since 1997, Congress has acted 16 times to prevent implementation of the cap, including the 2006 creation of an exceptions process allowing patients to receive medically necessary services exceeding the annual cap amount. Historically, Congress has passed short-term extensions of the therapy cap exceptions process along with the sustainable growth rate (SGR) extension. In 2015 the therapy cap exceptions process received an extension through December 31, 2017, but Congress did not pass any extension beyond that.

Recently the Congressional Committees that handle healthcare agreed to a bipartisan, bicameral policy that would permanently repeal the hard cap on therapy services.  This policy will protect patients, provide better care, and allow physical therapists to treat their patients at a higher level.  This policy was not passed, and a hard cap on therapy services went into effect on January 1, 2018.

Ask your Members of Congress to immediately repeal the hard Medicare Therapy Cap on February 8th once and for all.  Click here for a link to the Patient Action Center.  Thank you for your help.

About Joshua Renzi information

Josh focuses his clinical practice on osteopathic manual therapy and differential diagnosis and incorporates neuromuscular re-education as well as exercise prescription to form an individualized rehabilitation program for his patients. He enjoys problem solving “difficult cases”, especially when other treatment has failed. Josh has been in practice in Baltimore since 1998 after earning his Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Maryland, School of Medicine. He is a Certified Orthopaedic Manual Therapist and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT). Josh serves as a consultant for local industry in the area of ergonomic modification and injury-prevention, and provides expert advice for local running groups, swimmers and triathletes. He serves as a teaching assistant for the PTF Orthopaedic Residency Program and has guest lectured at University of Delaware Department of Physical Therapy. Josh enjoys working with geriatric patients and athletes of all ages, especially those who share his interest in swimming, biking, running, golfing, weight lifting, and martial arts training. He is a competitive middle, long and ultra distance runner and triathlete.