Submit Your Comments to CMS by October 8 Regarding the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Proposed Review Choice Demonstration

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October 5, 2021

CMS is proposing to implement a “Review Choice Demonstration” for IRFs, which would subject selected IRFs to 100% pre-claim or post-claim review of their Medicare claims. While this demonstration would begin with all IRFs in Alabama, CMS proposes to expand the RCD to all providers in four Medicare Administrative Contract (MAC) jurisdictions, covering 17 states, three U.S. territories and the District of Columbia. We believe that this RCD would add significant burden to physiatrists working in IRFs and fundamentally alter the patient population by allowing MACs to overrule admitting physician decisions and curtail access to IRFs for patients under Medicare coverage if the MAC determines the IRF care is not appropriate for the patient. We encourage you to use our template to submit your own, individualized letter to CMS opposing this proposed IRF RCD by Friday, October 8.

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.