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CMS Kills Controversial Proposal to Restrict PTs from Furnishing Custom Orthotics & Prosthetics

Wednesday, October 4, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Robin Childers
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The US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have killed a controversial proposal that would have restricted many physical therapists (PTs) from furnishing custom orthotics and prosthetics.

The proposed rule, issued in January, would have required PTs to be "licensed by the state [as a qualified provider of prosthetics and custom orthotics], or ... certified by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics ... or by the Board for Orthotist/Prosthetist Certification." The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) voiced its opposition to the CMS plan (PTinMotion March 10, 2017), characterizing the proposal as a set of unnecessary requirements that would limit patient access to appropriate care.

Yesterday the Federal Register included a notice that the proposal would be officially withdrawn (PTinMotion, October 3, 2017), with the withdrawal document itself scheduled to be published this week.

The withdrawal represents a win for thousands of PTs who would have been saddled with significant additional regulatory and financial burdens in order to qualify as a provider. In addition to its direct comments to CMS, APTA's advocacy efforts, led by APTA's Director of Regulatory Affairs Kara Gainer and her team, included meetings with CMS and the creation of a template letter to be used by many members to voice their individual opposition to the proposal.

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