Bipartisan Legislation to Count Recreational Therapy Toward the Three-Hour Rule

Members & Publications


July 18, 2016

AAPM&R is actively seeking support and co-sponsors from members of the House Ways & Means Committee for H.R. 1906, bipartisan legislation to count recreational therapy towards the “intensity of therapy” requirement in inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs). 

H.R. 1906, the Access to Inpatient Rehabilitation Therapy Act of 2015, would provide needed flexibility to the “intensity of therapy” requirement that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) uses to help determine which Medicare beneficiaries are appropriate for treatment in an inpatient rehabilitation hospital and unit (“IRF”). In order to qualify for treatment in an IRF, Medicare beneficiaries must meet an intensity of therapy requirement, which requires the patient to be able to participate in 3 hours of rehabilitation therapy per day, 5 days per week. By once again including recreational therapy under the 3-hour rule, Medicare beneficiaries in inpatient rehabilitation hospitals and units will regain access to important therapies deemed medically necessary by their treating physicians and therapists. This will also reduce the risk that patients will be inappropriately diverted into less intensive post-acute care settings. 

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.