The Access to Inpatient Rehabilitation Therapy Act of 2023, sponsored by Rep. Thompson, Glenn [R-PA-15], aims to broaden access to intensive rehabilitation therapy programs under Medicare.
If passed, the bill would expand the scope of therapeutic modalities covered for Medicare payment beyond the traditional services of physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech language pathology services, and orthotic and prosthetic services.
This expansion would allow for the inclusion of other skilled therapeutic modalities recommended by the treating physician upon the patient’s admission to the program.
The proposal is slated to take effect after December 31, 2023, or the conclusion of the COVID-19 public health emergency, whichever comes first. Notably, the COVID-19 public health emergency officially ended on May 11, 2023.
This bill offers potential benefits for individuals seeking intensive rehabilitation by providing greater flexibility in accessing a wider range of therapeutic interventions tailored to their specific needs.