A federal judge ruled that Medicare may enforce a $1,590 per-beneficiary cap on outpatient physical, speech and occupational therapy. The CMS implemented the cap Sept. 1, two months later than originally scheduled, to settle a lawsuit brought by three patients' rights organizations. However, the groups -- the Medicare Rights Center in New York, Easter Seals and the American Parkinson Disease Association -- alleged that the CMS had not met the terms of the settlement and continued to challenge the cap, which was authorized by the Balanced Budget Act of 1997. -- by Tony Fong
CMS prevails against challenge of cap on therapy
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