NCART pushes telehealth for PTs, OTs

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

EAST AMHERST, N.Y. – NCART has responded to CMS’s proposed rule on Medicare payment policies for physicians, which includes proposals related to continuing the expanded telehealth policies when the public health emergency expires, but not for physical and occupational therapists. NCART has written a letter to CMS in support of permanently authorizing PTs and OTs as telehealth practitioners and including the related PT and OT codes as authorized telehealth services. Additionally, NCART is also continuing to hold discussions with congressional offices regarding the importance of a permanent telehealth option, how it applies to people with disabilities who require CRT and the need for legislation to give CMS the authority to take the necessary actions.