Can Students Treat Medicare Patients?

June 12, 2017
Rick Gawenda

I receive many questions regarding the use of therapy students and therapy assistant students and can they participate in the treatment of Medicare patients? In this article, I will address the role of therapy students and therapy assistant students under Medicare Part B outpatient therapy services as well as skilled nursing facility (SNF) Part A therapy services. I will also discuss the use of students in the inpatient rehabilitation facility setting and acute care setting.

Under outpatient therapy, students can participate in the treatment of a Medicare Part B beneficiary; however,

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  1. we are ORF rehab FACILITY in FL and I want to know when a PTA treats a Medicare patient does the Physical Therapist need to present in FACILITY?

    1. Under Medicare Part B rules and regulations, no. You would also need to check your state practice act to see what the PTA supervision requirements are by a PT.

  2. Rick, On the CMS National Providers Call that concluded a few minutes ago, it was stated that students cannot treat Medicare patients in Inpatient Rehab Facilities. A number of the participants had questions about this. I was wondering if you have any information other than what is stated above? Thanks