APTA strongly supports legislation that would authorize physical therapists to participate in student loan forgiveness programs such as the National Health Service Corps.
The Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act of 2019 (H.R. 4932 /S. 2741) was reintroduced in the US House of Representatives by Mike Thompson (D-CA), Bill Johnson (R-OH), Peter Welch (D-VT) and David Schweikert (R-AZ), and in the US Senate by Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Benjamin Cardin (D-MD), John Thune (R-SD), Mark Warner (D-VA) and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS). This legislation expands the use of telehealth services and ease restrictions on telehealth coverage under the Medicare program.
Telehealth services are gaining a tremendous amount of attention at both state and federal levels as more providers, payers, and patients are seeking cost-effective and quality approaches to care. Currently, physical therapists (PTs) are not able to bill for telehealth services under the Medicare program.
However, the CONNECT for Health Act would, under certain parameters, lift some of the current restrictions on telehealth services under the Medicare program. This includes allowing PTs, among other providers, to provide telehealth and also lifts restrictions on where these services can take place. In addition, the legislation would encourage the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) to identify services that could deliver both outcome and cost-effectiveness through telehealth.
CONNECT for Health Act of 2019 (.pdf)
H.R. 4932 Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies for Health Act of 2019
S. 2741 Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act of 2019
Last Updated: 12/6/2019