CMS Resolves Compact Snag, Says Privilege Satisfies Requirements

CMS Resolves Compact Snag, Says Privilege Satisfies Requirements

It’s settled: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has stated definitively that PTs and PTAs with physical therapy compact privileges are considered valid license-holders for purposes of meeting federal licensure requirements around Medicare. The CMS verification ends several months of uncertainty about the reach of the system that allows PTs and PTAs licensed in one compact state to obtain practice privileges in other compact states.

APTA, the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy, and the Compact Commission that oversees the program have pressed CMS for clarification ever since privilege holders began reporting problems with enrolling in Medicare to serve residents of states included in the compact in late 2019. In a February 25 email following up on a meeting held two weeks earlier, CMS wrote that “further discussions with our general counsel have determined that the compact license is considered a valid, full licensure for purposes of meeting licensure requirements.”

Full article at APTA

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