The newest round of extensive Medicare part B payment data released by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is already making headlines for the “vast trove” of payment data on more than 950,000 providers, including just over 39,000 physical therapists (PTs).
On June 1, CMS released the second set of data, this one from 2013, on providers who received $90 billion in Medicare payments. The report also includes data on the 100 most common Medicare hospital stays.
Again this year, data on PTs included only services and procedures provided by or under the supervision of individuals enrolled in the Medicare Part B program as PTs in private practice. Not included were PTs providing services in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, or rehabilitation agencies. In cases in which a PT in private practice billed Medicare for the services of physical therapist assistants (PTAs), those costs were attributed to the supervising PT.