• ITA Team

It's time to save our future. Two minutes now or 8% payout later.

Updated: Mar 5

GUEST POST BY:

VANESSA ZICCARDI, PT, DPT

FLORIDA PHYSICAL THERAPY ASSOCIATION

DIRECTOR OF MEMBERSHIP




If we do not make our voices heard, we face an 8% cut in reimbursement for 2020.


Hello everyone!


My name is Vanessa Ziccardi and I am current Physical Therapist in the state of Florida. I am also the Director of Membership for the Florida Physical Therapy Association. I try to recruit members to join the association, but also make people aware of the importance of being active in health care policies and issues.


There are a lot of changes that have happened in 2020 and more to come in 2021. I am here to tell you about the changes but also help you get involved and make a difference in our profession whether you are a member or not!


If you are not aware, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released the final rule for the physician fee schedule for 2020. This rule will cut physical therapist payment by 8% in 2021.  APTA and FPTA are extremely disappointed that the physician fee schedule final rule will cut physical therapist payment in 2021, with no rationale or response from CMS to thousands of letters opposing the cuts. These cuts are a dire threat to patient access and safe alternatives to pain. Other professionals are seeing cuts as well such as ophthalmology with 10%, audiology 6%, chiropractors 9%, social workers 6%. We are still waiting on what the cuts entail for our PT codes. CMS has stated the ruling is not set in stone and that the cut can vary. We have has a lot of media and legislators on our side to spread word of these changes that can affect the way we practice.


We have a chance only if we work together.


This is why it is very important we unite together and help us with making sure we can prevent any more significant impact on our profession. It only takes 2 minutes to contact your legislators on Capitol Hill and share your concerns about the cut to therapy and other professions slated for 2021.


Here's how.


PT: APTA Voter Voice


OT: AOTA Legislative Center


SLP: ASHA Advocacy Efforts

Finally, use the links below to find out who your representative is and contact information.

https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative

https://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm?State=FL




Post "ME" below to let the world know that your voice was heard.

Together, we can succeed.

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