The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) has released a 3-page document providing data and Medicare spending for outpatient therapy in calendar year 2017. Here is a brief summary of the report.
Distribution of Outpatient Therapy by Setting
Skilled Nursing Facility: 37%
PT in Private Practice: 34%
ORF, CORF and HHA: 9%
OT & SLP Private Practice: 3%
Physician & Nonphysician Practitioner: 2%
Keep in mind that PT in private practice can include physical therapists who practice in a physician-owned therapy practice, but are submitting claims under the NPI number of the treating physical therapist.
Spending by Discipline
In 2017, the Medicare program paid $8 billion dollars for outpatient therapy services. This was increase of 6% from 2016. Physical therapy accounted for 72% of the outpatient therapy spending followed by occupational therapy at 20% and speech therapy at 8%.
To access the 3-page document, click HERE.
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Interesting to see how much was SNF. Would have thought Private Practice. Will be interesting to see if PDPM changes this balance.