APTA, AOTA, and ASHA Receive High Industry Award

All three organizations recognized for work to end therapy caps

The three signature organizations representing the rehab professions of physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology have each been recognized for their recent work to improve legislation pertinent to their professions.

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), have together received a 2018 ASAE Power of A Gold Award for the “Stop the Cap” campaign.

The trifecta received the association industry’s highest honor for their respective efforts to advocate for an end to the Medicare Outpatient Therapy Cap. The cap limited the amount of insurance coverage available for occupational, physical, and speech therapies.

The organizations worked hand-in-hand to develop legislative proposals and language that would ultimately lead to a permanent repeal while fostering relationships with members of Congress and sharing the real-world stories of how the therapy cap affected the Medicare beneficiaries.

In February 2018, 241 Members of the house and 37 Senators co-sponsored the bills to repeal the cap once and for all, explains a media release from AOTA.

“This honor champions the collective victory that AOTA, APTA, and ASHA achieved in repealing the arbitrary therapy cap that for 20 years undermined health services of millions of Americans,” said Sherry Keramidas, PhD, FASAE, CAE, executive director of AOTA, in the release.

“This award underscores the importance and power of collaboration and coordination,” added APTA CEO Justin Moore, PT, DPT.

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