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Regulations Proposed to Add Physical Therapist Assistants as TRICARE Authorized Providers

Thursday, December 20, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Robin Childers
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Today [Dec. 20, 2018] the Department of Defense published a proposed rule to add certified or licensed physical therapy assistants (PTAs) and occupational therapy assistants (OTAs) as TRICARE-authorized providers to engage in physical therapy or occupational therapy under the supervision of a TRICARE-authorized physical therapist or occupational therapist in accordance with Medicare's rules for supervision and qualification when billed by under the supervising therapist's national provider identification number. This rule will align TRICARE with Medicare's policy, which permits PTAs or OTAs to provide physical or occupational therapy when supervised by and billed under a licensed or certified physical therapist or occupational therapist.

Written comments on the proposed rule should be addressed per the instructions in the proposed rule and on the Federal Register notice. The deadline for comments is February 19, 2019.

 

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