Must I Enroll In Medicare to Treat Medicare Beneficiaries?
I am often asked must physical therapists (PTs), occupational therapists (OTs), and speech-language pathologists (SLPs) in private practice enroll in the Medicare program if they want to treat Medicare beneficiaries for outpatient therapy services that are covered by the Medicare program? This then leads to a second question I am often asked. If PTs, OT’s and SLPs must enroll in the Medicare program, what is this non-participating provider status? Doesn’t this mean I don’t participate with Medicare, hence, I can charge the Medicare beneficiary cash for outpatient therapy services? How about services that are statutorily non-covered by the Medicare program;