CMS Cracks Window for Virtual Therapy Visits in Nursing Homes Amid COVID-19, But Barriers Remain

Therapy providers were partially included in the federal government’s attempts to waive restrictions on various health providers amid the coronavirus, but some experts say this recent round won’t enable sufficient virtual care for nursing home residents — and also doesn’t decrease the risks therapists are experiencing on the ground amid the pandemic. An expanded telehealth […]

Therapy Cap Repeal Could Be Pushed Back to 2018

Congress has a packed agenda, which means a long-awaited repeal of Medicare’s therapy caps might not happen until 2018. The repeal likely will bring related reductions in skilled nursing facility payments. Comprehensive tax reform legislation—now in conference committee—is a pressing priority for federal lawmakers at the moment, as is the need for a budget deal […]