Breaking: CMS Releases IRF Proposed Rule for FY 2021

Members & Publications

April 20, 2020

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released an ill-timed and shocking FY 2021 IRF proposed rule that includes a proposal to amend the IRF coverage requirements to allow non-physician practitioners (NPPs) to perform certain duties that are currently required to be performed by a rehabilitation physician.

CMS is requesting public comments on the proposal by June 15, including specifically whether commenters believe that quality of care in IRFs will be impacted by this proposal and any specific evidence that may help inform the issue.

AAPM&R has strongly opposed similar CMS proposals to expand the role of NPPs in IRFs in the past. The Academy will be leading an effort to unite the house of medicine to oppose this dangerous proposal. We will share recommendations with members as soon as possible on how to submit individual comments to support our efforts in advance of the June deadline.


Legislation Introduced to Alleviate Impact of Conversion Factor Cut for 2021

Nov 09, 2020

Last month, two bills were introduced in the House proposing solutions to the estimated 10.6% Physician Fee Schedule conversion factor cut expected to go into effect January 1, 2021.  The bills offer some relief to the cut, but do not reflect a comprehensive or long-term solution.  AAPM&R has therefore chosen to remain neutral regarding these bills. 

Your Academy continues to advocate for a permanent solution to the conversion factor cut while maintaining the important payment increases to office and outpatient evaluation and management services.