President Trump Signs NDAA

December 13, 2017
Rick Gawenda

On December 12, 2017, President Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law. One important piece of legislation included in the NDAA directs the Department of Defense (DOD) to add physical therapist assistants (PTAs) and occupational therapy assistants (OTAs) to the TRICARE program as an eligible provider of therapy services.

Even though the NDAA is now law, the DOD must now make the change to add PTAs and OTAs as eligible providers of therapy services. The DOD must also establish, in regulations, requirements for the supervision of PTAs and OTAs. Until this is completed, PTAs and OTAs are still unable to treat TRICARE beneficiaries and bill for those services.

Further information on TRICARE will be posted as it becomes available.

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  1. Rick, are you aware if the CHAMPVA program also excludes assistants? I’ve reviewed the CHAMPVA Caregiver Handbook, but cannot find any language pertaining to excluding PTAs or OTAs.

    1. It’s not allowed yet. Once the rules and regulations are finalized, I will publish an updated article on my website. Thank you for asking!