Loebsack joined with Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) to introduce the House version of the legislation, which prevents Medicare’s enforcement of unreasonable and inflexible direct supervision rules for outpatient therapy services at Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and other small, rural hospitals. This legislation was introduced this summer, passed the House and Senate this fall and was signed into law on Dec. 18.
“I am pleased that the President has signed this important legislation into law to ensure all Iowans have access to high-quality health care no matter where they live,” Loebsack said. “Critical Access Hospitals play an important role in rural communities by providing access to primary, emergency, and acute care services. I have visited multiple CAHs across my district that have struggled to meet the direct supervision requirement, and by becoming law, this legislation will provide them with certainty that they deserve.”