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The APTA Michigan Legislative Committee works with the APTA Michigan Lobbyist Firm, Muchmore, Harrington, and Smalley (login required) and the APTA Michigan Board of Directors. This committee is a resource for APTA Michigan members to get answers to specific questions regarding legislation in Michigan. Advocacy and Legislation at a National level is handled by APTA. Contact the APTA Michigan office with your question at contact@aptami.org

If you have questions about any of the legislative issues please contact the APTA Michigan office with your question at contact@aptami.org

If you would like to become more involved in legislative issues please see Action Steps for PT.

The support and participation of all APTA Michigan members is much appreciated as we continue this investment in our future. If you have any suggestions, questions, answers or want to get more involved in any other way, please contact the APTA Michigan office.

Legislative News:
 

Provider Relief Fund - Update from IRS: Payments are taxable

posted: July 20, 2020

The IRS recently announced that the CARES Act Provider Relief Funds are considered taxable income. The following is from the HHS provider relief FAQs that were just posted yesterday (July 13).

May a health care provider that receives a payment from the Provider Relief Fund exclude this payment from gross income as a qualified disaster relief payment under section 139 of the Internal Revenue Code (Code)? (Added 7/10/2020)

No. A payment to a business, even if the business is a sole proprietorship, does not qualify as a qualified disaster relief payment under section 139. The payment from the Provider Relief Fund is includible in gross income under section 61 of the Code. For more information, visit the Internal Revenue Services' website at https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/frequently-asked-questions-about-taxation-of-provider-relief-payments

Is a tax-exempt health care provider subject to tax on a payment it receives from the Provider Relief Fund? (Added 7/10/2020)

Generally, no. A health care provider that is described in section 501(c) of the Code generally is exempt from federal income taxation under section 501(a). Nonetheless, a payment received by a tax-exempt health care provider from the Provider Relief Fund may be subject to tax under section 511 if the payment reimburses the provider for expenses or lost revenue attributable to an unrelated trade or business as defined in section 513. For more information, visit the Internal Revenue Services' website at https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/frequently-asked-questions-about-taxation-of-provider-relief-payments

Provider relief fund FAQs: https://www.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/provider-relief-fund-general-distribution-faqs.pdf

Please note: HHS continues to update the Provider Relief Fund FAQs. Please review them on a regular basis.

 

PT Licensure Compact

posted: July 17, 2020

Senate Bill 22 Physical Therapy Interstate Licensure Compact (PTLC) will increase consumer access to physical therapy services by reducing regulatory barriers to interstate mobility and cross-state practice. The hearing scheduled in April was postponed due to COVID. The hearing has not been rescheduled but APTA Michigan is hoping for a date in the near future. We are also working to schedule a meeting with LARA to discuss any concerns. CMS has updated its policy to accept compact licenses as valid for reimbursement in the license holders' compact state.

 

Senate Bill 898 - Equal reimbursement for telemedicine services

posted: July 17, 2020

Senate Bill 898 to amend the insurance code (1956 PA 218) requiring that a service provided through telemedicine will provide the same coverage and reimbursement as if the service involved face-to-face contact was introduced by Senator Adam Hollier on April 29, 2020 and was referred to the Health Policy Committee. This bill would also require insurers to continue to provide the same reimbursement for physical therapy provided via telehealth beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.


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