News from AOTA
AOTA wanted to make you aware that starting August 1, 2021 AIM Specialty Care — on behalf of Anthem — will be conducting Site of Care service reviews for commercial plans based on Anthem’s Site of Care policy, CPG-REHAB-10 (attached). Anthem will be sending out notice to affected providers with their May Provider Bulletin, giving providers the contractually required 90 days’ notice.
This means that a patient who is seen in a hospital outpatient therapy department must meet one of the criteria listed in the policy in order to continue to receive care at that site. If they do not, then they must be referred/transferred to a freestanding therapy clinic. AOTA staff have met with Anthem and AIM staff about the policy and are in the process of communicating some concerns to Anthem, most notably the lack of any OT (or SLT) references.
Commercial plans in the following states are exempted from this new review process: California, Maine, and Virginia. The only state where Medicaid plans are impacted is New York.