Look for delayed psychotherapy payments soon

The restoration payments were one aspect of many Medicare payment changes included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) of March 2010

After months of delays, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that psychologists will soon begin to receive retroactive restoration payments for Medicare psychotherapy services provided between January 1 and July 1, 2010.

The restoration payments were one aspect of many Medicare payment changes included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) of March 2010. The provision in PPACA followed the December 31, 2009 expiration of an earlier five percent payment restoration for psychotherapy services. The APA Practice Organization successfully advocated for reinstatement of the psychotherapy funds for all of 2010, retroactive to January 1.

CMS began making the restoration payments in July 2010. The payments that psychologists should expect soon apply to psychotherapy services provided during the first six months of 2010. 

A later law extended the additional five percent Medicare psychotherapy payments through 2011.