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CMS (Medicare) Letter-Writing Campaign!!
Category : Press Releases
Aug 30, 2004, 8:38am
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CMS has proposed changing the "incident to" rules as they relate to the delivery of therapy services. Specifically, CMS proposes to establish minimum education and credential standards for individuals a physician might want to hire to provide therapy services in the physicians office. The education standard would be that the individual is a physical therapist.

A sample letter is online at:

http://www.nata.org/members1/cmshelpnow.cfm (you must be logged in to the "members only" section of the NATA website to view it.)

The first 500 members to send copies of their letters to incidentto@nata.org will receive a free t-shirt.

Submitting Letter:

1. Go to www.cms.hhs.gov/regulations/ecomments

2. You then have to click on SEND electronic comment to get to the next page.

3. On that page is a number of "dockets" on which one can comment. Our item is "CMS-1429-P Medicare Program; Revisions to Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule for Calendar Year 2005"

4. You then click on GO and fill out YOUR NAME form.

5. Click on continue and then go to ISSUES NUMBER 20-29

6. Scroll down and find THERAPY-INCIDENT TO and cut/past the letter into the space.

7. After you send it, email the same letter to incidentto@nata.org

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