Skilled Nursing Facility

LTC therapy and physician services threatened by future Medicare cuts

Despite the overwhelming need for physician services in LTC facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic, proposed Medicare Part B cuts for 2021 may threaten the livelihood of those physicians.

The Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for FY 2021 proposes reimbursement reductions for a variety of services covered under Medicare Part B. These cuts could force LTC physicians and therapists to take large pay cuts, making LTC facilities a less desirable venue for both going forward.

Although an act of Congress could delay these cuts, there has been no indication that the reimbursement reductions will be delayed.