Funds in 2010 Budget Could Increase Access to Care for Medicare Beneficiaries
S.Con.Res.13, which recommends budgetary levels and amounts for FY 2009-FY 2014, was passed
“APTA applauds Congress for recognizing the critical need to repeal the caps on physical therapy services so that Medicare beneficiaries can receive the care they require,” said APTA President R Scott Ward, PT, PhD. “By including this provision in the budget, our nation’s aging adults are one step closer to having increased access to the rehabilitative and health services provided by physical therapists that are necessary for many conditions, such as stroke, diabetes, Parkinson disease, and cardiovascular disease, that lead to pain and some level of loss of function.”
Earlier this year, Senators
Physical therapists are highly-educated, licensed health care professionals who can help patients reduce pain and improve or restore mobility – in many cases without expensive surgery or the side effects of prescription medications. APTA represents more than 72,000 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students of physical therapy nationwide. Its purpose is to improve the health and quality of life of individuals through the advancement of physical therapist practice, education, and research. In most states, patients can make an appointment directly with a physical therapist, without a physician referral. Learn more about conditions physical therapists can treat and find a physical therapist in your area at www.moveforwardpt.com.
SOURCE American Physical Therapy Association