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UPDATE - May 19, 2015 - Medicare Patient Empowerment Act of 2015
The APTA Private Practice Section is asking for help from West Virginia physical therapists. Consideration is currently being given to a bill that will include physical therapists in the list of those able to opt out of Medicare. Opting out of Medicare means you can see Medicare subscribers but you will not bill Medicare. You will enter into a contract agreement with the patient and they will pay you directly. You must formally notify your patients that you have opted out of Medicare and that they will be responsible for your charges, whatever they might be. If the Medicare subscriber has a secondary payer, they will not cover any of the services either. This does, however, give patients more freedom of choice and it will save Medicare money. This bill will simply allow those who desire to opt out, to have that option. There is no recommendation, suggestion or directive to anyone to opt out, as it is expected that most will not opt out.
That being said, please read the information below and email or call Senator Manchin’s office and ask him to join Senator Murkowski in supporting the Medicare Patient Empowerment Act of 2015, which modernizes Medicare and creates patient freedom of choice while saving Medicare dollars. This legislation will be strengthened with Senator Manchin’s valuable support.
You can write to him directly via his website http://www.manchin.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact
or call his office at 202-224-3954.