Blue Cross Blue Shield changes its restrictions on the services of certain physical therapy jobs
Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) is revising its reimbursement for patients who seek the assistance of a physical therapy assistant or an occupational therapy assistant.
As the current guidelines stand for reimbursement, executives for the insurance company said that the policy was too narrow, and is planning on revising the policy by October 1, according to the Topeka Capital-Journal.
Individuals with physical therapy jobs said that they were pleased that the insurance provider was planning to remove the clause that would restrict what services could be offered by PT assistants.
"As a provider, no one is happy to see a reduction in reimbursement," Steve Englander, a physical therapist, told the news provider.
However, other physical therapists believe that assistants should be fully reimbursed by the insurance company for the services they provide.
According to Kansas's ABC affiliate, KTKA, many physical therapy assistants said that while they understood the reasoning behind the reimbursement policy, many feel that it will ultimately affect their pay.
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