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Outpatient Physical Therapy Supervison Requirement

As reported in the Kansas City and Wichita Business Journals, in January 2014, CMS will begin enforcing a law requiring the supervision of outpatient physical therapy services by physician or non-physician practitioners.  Outpatient physical therapy services that do not meet this supervision requirement will not be reimbursed by Medicaid.

This requirement puts a strain on many smaller facilities who do not have the practioners available to meet the requirement.  Outpatient physical therapy providers should plan accordingly or risk losing reimbursement.