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Letter to the Editor of Journal News

Friday, August 15, 2014  
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Letter to the Editor of Journal News

 

Dear Editor:

The August 7, 2014 article written by Cara Matthews titled “Therapists stop treating toddlers as N.Y. lags on Payments” highlights a very real and serious problem in the New York State early intervention (EI) program that the State of New York was warned about back in April of 2013.  I can assure you that therapists never wanted to stop treating the children that need their services.  However, non-payment and payment delays for months on end led to the therapists of many small agencies closing their doors due to financial devastation. 

The biggest travesty in this instance is that the program was working.  Delays and lack of service were not an issue before the State of New York took the program over.  While we recognize that the state had good intentions of taking some of the administrative and financial burdens off of the counties, they were not ready to implement those changes when they did.   Not only was the state not prepared, they did not prepare the providers or the insurance companies for the changes that directly impacted them.  This lack of preparation led to denial of legitimate claims, long delays for payment of some claims and non-payment for the majority of claims during the April 2013 – October 2013 time frame.  In fact, payment for claims filed with private insurance companies from April 2013 – June 2013 have still not been processed.  This, of course, had the greatest impact on those small agencies.   

It is unfortunate that the children and their families are the ones dealing with the fallout from this change.  One can only hope that the State of New York will recognize their part in this and move to rectify the situation.

Sincerely,


MICHAEL MATTIA, PT, DPT, MS, MHA
President
New York Physical Therapy Association


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