In 2019, some physical, occupational, and speech therapists will be required to participate in Medicare's Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)—a mash-up of the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), Meaningful Use (MU), and Value-based Modifier (VM) programs. Others will be able to opt-in, and still others will be excluded from participating at all (except in a voluntary manner that leaves them ineligible to receive the payment incentive or adjustment). Not sure where your practice stands? Take this MIPS quiz to find out. Then, check out our MIPS resources to get yourself up to speed on the ins and outs of Medicare's latest reporting program (we especially recommend reviewing this blog post on the pros and cons of opting into MIPS). After all, even if you don't have to participate this year, there's always next year. (And speaking of next year, according to WebPT President Heidi Jannenga, PT, DPT, ATC, “even if you're not eligible to participate based on the initial determination period—you'll want to continue to monitor your eligibility going forward, especially if you switch practices mid-way through the determination period.”)

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  • 5 MIPS Lies You've Been Told—But Should Not Believe Image

    articleFeb 20, 2019 | 7 min. read

    5 MIPS Lies You've Been Told—But Should Not Believe

    WebPT is a purpose-driven company that’s gained the trust of its Members by prioritizing integrity, which, by definition , requires honesty and strong principles. As a company executive—and also as a consumer—I know that being lied to is the worst, especially when a person or company does it in order to benefit at my expense. Unfortunately, there seems to be a lot of this going on in our industry right now when it comes to Medicare's Merit-Based …

  • Common Questions from our Regulatory Roundup Webinar Image

    articleDec 15, 2017 | 19 min. read

    Common Questions from our Regulatory Roundup Webinar

    Earlier this week, WebPT’s own Heidi Jannenga, PT, DPT, ATC/L, and Charlotte Bohnett teamed up to present a webinar detailing the most important regulatory updates that will impact PTs, OTs, and SLPs in 2018. During this hour-long session—which you can view completely free of charge here —our co-hosts covered a lot of legislative ground. And not surprisingly, they also received a lot of audience questions. While we didn’t have time to answer all of those questions live, …

  • Common Questions from our Cloudy with a Chance of Reform Webinar Image

    articleFeb 13, 2017 | 13 min. read

    Common Questions from our Cloudy with a Chance of Reform Webinar

    In our first webinar of 2017 , WebPT’s co-founder and president, Heidi Jannenga, teamed up with CEO Nancy Ham to discuss the current and future healthcare trends that will impact PTs, OTs, and SLPs. (Missed it? No worries; you can view the complete recording here .) As always, we received quite a few questions during the presentation—way more than we could address live. So, we’ve put them all here, in one handy Q&A doc. Scroll through and …

  • MIPS FAQ for PTs, OTs, and SLPs Image

    articleJan 25, 2017 | 9 min. read

    MIPS FAQ for PTs, OTs, and SLPs

    Unless you’ve been intentionally avoiding all discussions of healthcare changes for 2017, you’ve probably heard at least mention of CMS’s Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), which consolidates aspects of the Meaningful Use (MU), Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) , and Value-Based Payment Modifier (VM) programs. While MIPS went into effect on January 1, 2017, physical therapists (PTs), occupational therapists (OTs), and speech-language pathologists (SLPs) aren’t eligible to participate until at least 2019. And we’re all still waiting …

  • Hot Out of the Oven: Highlights of the 2017 Final Rule for PTs, OTs, and SLPs Image

    articleNov 9, 2016 | 8 min. read

    Hot Out of the Oven: Highlights of the 2017 Final Rule for PTs, OTs, and SLPs

    Halloween may be over, but if you didn’t get your fill of scares, I’ve got the perfect activity for you: reading through 1,401 pages of pure Medicare gobbledygook. Screaming yet? (Or should I check back at around page 500?) I kid, of course; there’s no need for you to slog through this year’s extra meaty Final Rule —which details the Medicare fee schedule and other important Medicare regulatory and reimbursement changes for physical therapy, occupational therapy, and …

  • The 2020 Proposed Rule: Bite-Sized Edition Image

    articleAug 13, 2019 | 6 min. read

    The 2020 Proposed Rule: Bite-Sized Edition

    Too much of anything is bad for you—even if it’s something you like. Too much sun will give you some gnarly burns. Too much exercise can damage your muscles or cause stress fractures. Even too much Chipotle can make you sick (much to my eternal disappointment). All humans need to avoid consuming too much of one thing—and reading through CMS’s annual policy changes is, inarguably, way too much . So, we’re gonna keep this explanation of the …

  • 2019 MIPS Quality Measures for PTs, OTs, and SLPs Image

    downloadFeb 22, 2019

    2019 MIPS Quality Measures for PTs, OTs, and SLPs

    There are boatloads of information floating around about MIPS and its requirements—and considering how complex it is , there’s little question as to why. Certain parts of the program bear the brunt of the intricate legalese, though—one of which being the Quality category. A descendent of the defunct PQRS program, the Quality category has more than 250 measures—each with unique reporting requirements. Of those measures, the final rule listed the following 11 as specifically applicable to PTs …

  • MIPS 101 Image

    articleJul 24, 2019 | 3 min. read

    MIPS 101

    The Merit-based Incentive Payment System, or MIPS, is one tough cookie. It’s complicated and downright frustrating at times—but it’s something that rehab therapists need to be familiar with. If you’ve been looking for a no-nonsense, easy-to-follow MIPS explainer, then you’ve come to the right place! Just play the video to understand the basics behind this latest government program.  If you’ve finished the video and want a followup (or a recap) of the more complicated info we discussed, …

  • Will PTs, OTs, and SLPs Ever Have to Participate in MIPS? Image

    articleNov 29, 2017 | 7 min. read

    Will PTs, OTs, and SLPs Ever Have to Participate in MIPS?

    Despite the fact that earlier this year CMS sent confusing letters to numerous rehab therapy clinics about their participation status in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) , physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists are still not eligible to officially participate in this quality reporting initiative. (You can double check your eligibility status by entering your NPI in the form here .) According to the APTA, though, “it's almost a given that PTs will be mandatorily …

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