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ADVANCE Perspective: Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine

Senate Blocks Proposed Medicare Bill

Published October 26, 2009 1:14 PM by Brian Ferrie

On Oct. 21, the Senate voted against a motion that would have brought S. 1776, the Medicare Physicians Fairness Act of 2009, to the floor for debate. According to the Oct. 23 PT Bulletin from APTA, the motion failed by a vote of 47 to 53, which stopped further consideration of the bill.

The opposing votes included 13 Democrats, who were concerned that the $245 billion cost of the bill was not offset. The legislation, introduced last week by Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), would have eliminated the sustainable growth rate (SGR) and prevented a 21 percent reduction in Medicare payments to providers on January 1, 2010. Despite the failure of this legislation to pass, APTA will continue its efforts to work with Congress to find alternatives to the SGR formula. What is your reaction to these developments?

posted by Brian Ferrie


Why would therapists take medicare patients if they had to take a 21%reduction from medicare payments.

Talk about the seniors and middle class and poor!  Wow! What a blow!


Elaine Langsner, education - retired November 9, 2009 5:29 PM
Scottsdale AZ

Once again congress shows what is wrong with Obama care.  Everything is political.  Nothing is based on provision of services.  This week the news is reporting that there will be a lot of "wheeling and dealing" on capitol hill.  Is this how we want our health care run?

Chad Novasic, Physical therapy - President, Alliant PT October 27, 2009 8:20 AM
Racine WI

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