Ask your Senator to Co-Sponsor the Medicare Home Health Flexibility Act!
Occupational therapists are currently prohibited from conducting the initial assessment in the home health setting. The Medicare Home Health Flexibility Act, introduced by Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Dean Heller (R-NV), fixes this imbalance among therapy services and allows Occupational Therapists to conduct the initial assessment visit for Medicare home health cases where OT is ordered by the physician alongside a qualifying service and is exclusively related to rehabilitation.
Nearly one in five occupational therapists work in home health as their primary or secondary setting, and this bi-partisan legislation puts occupational therapy on more equal footing in the home health setting. It also ensures that Medicare beneficiaries receive timely access to care from the most appropriate rehabilitation professional.
Occupational therapists are well qualified to perform the initial assessment. Their unique training, focused on functional capabilities, identifying home safety issues, and expertise in establishing routines to maximize patient compliance with the plan of care has long made them valued members of the home health care experience.
Your voice is a critical part of elevating the status of occupational therapy in the home health setting and beyond.
Please take time to email your Senators today and ask them to co-sponsor the Medicare Home Health Flexibility Act!
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