MAG among groups to express concern over IRF scope proposal

The Medical Association of Georgia joined the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and a number of other stakeholders that signed a letter that was sent to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to oppose a proposal to change the Medicare scope of practice requirements in the FY 2021 Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) Prospective Payment System (PPS).

CMS has proposed allowing “non-physician practitioners to perform the services and documentation requirements currently required to be completed by rehabilitation physicians, including medical supervision, development of patient plans of care, and leadership of interdisciplinary team meetings.”

The signees “strongly oppose [the] proposal to expand the scope of services NPPs furnish in IRFs, and we urge CMS to uphold the role of the rehabilitation physician in delivering and overseeing care for patients in IRF settings.”

CMS letter