The details regarding PQRS 2016 have finally arrived; here’s what physical, occupational, and speech therapists need to know.
Last week, we covered the registry-and claims-based reporting methods for PQRS. In this post, I’ll discuss the complexities associated with reporting PQRS using the Group Practice Reporting Option (GPRO). In past years, GPRO seemed to be the most practical option for practices with more than two eligible professionals.
PQRS 2015 is upon us; here’s why PTs, OTs, and SLPs should select registry-based reporting over claims-based.
The summary of this year’s Final Rule is hot off the presses, which means that—among other things—we now know the details regarding PQRS 2015. For those who have been following the PQRS saga since the program first came into being in 2007, it should come as no surprise that Medicare has yet again upped the ante for compliance. Based on the fact sheet CMS provided, here’s the scoop on this year’s reporting requirements:
Per the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, if you want to participate in the 2014 PQRS program as a group practice, now’s the time to register for the group practice reporting option (GPRO). To do so, access the Physician Value-Physician Quality Reporting System (PV-PQRS) registration system here. You’ll need a valid Individuals Authorized Access to the CMS Computer Services (IACS) user ID and password. The registration deadline is September 30, 2014.
Once I pick my measures within WebPT, am I stuck with those throughout the year or can I change them? Yes, whichever measures you select will be your measures for the remainder of the year. You have until March 31, 2014, to make your final selection.
Well, it’s November already, and that means two things: Thanksgiving and Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS). Sure, PQRS doesn’t involve mouthwatering roasted turkey, savory stuffing, or creamy mashed potatoes, but it has become quite the November tradition for us here at WebPT. You see, this is the time of year that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) typically confirms the details of next year’s reporting requirements, thus allowing us to update our PQRS solution (claims- and registry-based reporting) and start our month-long blog and webinar theme of “everything you need to know to be PQRS compliant.”
Unfortunately, this year is shaping up a little differently. As a result of the government shutdown, CMS delayed its November 1 meeting to discuss the 2014 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule—which includes potential PQRS changes—until at least the middle of this month. And until they meet, we won’t know much about what PQRS 2014 will truly entail in terms of reporting requirements, measures, penalties, and incentives—let alone when the government will actually finalize the Proposed Rule. This means that as of today, no one knows for sure:
- which measures therapists must report
- how many measures therapists must report
- whether there will be compliance incentives
- what penalties will be associated with noncompliance
- what percentage of patients for whom therapists must complete PQRS reporting