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HR 8746 Access to Inpatient Rehabilitation Therapy Act: Everything you need to know

Send a Letter to Support the Access to Inpatient Rehabilitation Therapy Act
Representatives Joe Courtney (D-CT), Glenn Thompson (R-PA), and G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) recently introduced the bipartisan Access to Inpatient Rehabilitation Therapy Act of 2022 (H.R. 8746).The bill returns authority to the physician and rehabilitation team in an inpatient rehabilitation facility (IRF) to determine the right mix of therapies for an individual to meet the intensity of therapy requirements.

Specifically, the bill will clarify that therapy requirements at an IRF shall consist of physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech language pathology services, and/or orthotic or prosthetic services at the time of admission, and after admission may be modified based on the physician and rehabilitation team’s judgment to include:
  • Recreational therapy
  • Respiratory therapy
  • Other skilled services
This legislation will help increase patient access to recreational therapy where it is appropriate and ensure that patients have a rehabilitation plan that is designed to best meet their needs.

Now is the time to act! The bill has just been introduced, and we need cosponsors to build momentum. To support the bill we ask that you email a letter to your representatives urging them to become cosponsors by using the draft template letter below.