• articleNov 12, 2012 | 2 min. read

    What is PQRS and Why is it Important?

    In an effort to improve quality of reporting in the healthcare industry, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) created the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) , which mandates that physical therapists, occupational therapists, and qualified speech-language therapists meet the criteria for satisfactory reporting. Beginning in 2013, not complying with PQRS requirements will result in penalties, which CMS will assess as fines (starting at 1.5% of your fee schedule) in 2015 . However, if you are …

  • articleNov 6, 2012 | 4 min. read

    Pass the PQRS, Please!

    Today's blog post comes from WebPT Co-Founder Heidi Jannenga, PT, MPT, ATC/L. Can you believe it’s already November? That means two things: Thanksgiving and PQRS 2013 (if you treat Medicare patients, of course). I know we’d much rather fill our thoughts—and bellies—with turkey, dressing, and buttery mashed potatoes. But you have to make room somewhere for Physicians Quality Reporting System (PQRS, formerly known as PQRI). You can’t smother it with gravy or tuck it behind excess cans …

  • articleNov 29, 2011 | 3 min. read

    PQRS: The Case for Registry over Claims Based Reporting

    Here at WebPT HQ, we are gearing up for PQRS 2012. One of the pieces of PQRS that is most commonly misunderstood is the difference between claims and registry based services. Let's take a minute and clear this up. Claims and registry-based reporting both result in the same outcome for your clinic-- successful participation in PQRS. WebPT offers both options with claims-based being priced $99 per calendar year and registry-based at $299 for the calendar year. Many …

  • articleSep 8, 2011 | 2 min. read

    Announcing Launch of Pelvic Health Module

    Today we’re excited to share with you our upcoming release of our Pelvic Health Module . We’ve had a lot of our members who specialize in Pelvic Health treatments specifically asking for this feature. We’ve heard your requests and here is our answer!   Included in this new module are various outcome measurement tools for Pelvic Health. We’ve also included a Pelvic Health profile that automatically loads in your SOAP notes. Included Diagnostic Testing Questionnaires: Pregnancy Expanded …

  • articleSep 6, 2011 | 3 min. read

    CMS, Patient Level Data and Outcomes: What should we be measuring?

    What should we be measuring? Recently, there has been some debate from EMR providers over the type of data that should be provided to CMS when reporting clinical outcomes. CMS, in a newly proposed rule, wants to define and begin to use a new measure called CQM . CQM stands for Clinical Quality Measure and is used to establish the top tier providers for the effectiveness and necessity of specific treatments.   The Issue The issue here …

  • articleApr 2, 2011 | 5 min. read

    Are Your Physical Therapy Forms the Solution or the Problem?

    A physical therapist office is all about caring for patients. In order to accomplish that goal and to serve a large number of patients, you must have well-designed PT documentation forms to take the patient from the moment he or she arrives for treatment until the treatment is done. The outcome is that in many ways, a PT practice is also very much about forms and documentation. That is a fact of life that none of us …

  • articleFeb 22, 2011 | 6 min. read

    Maximize Your Chances of Getting the PQRS Incentive by Choosing the Right Measures

    As we have discussed in a previous blog, there are 2 methods of reporting your PQRS data to CMS:  Claims-based or Registry based .  Both have their advantages and disadvantages.  Once you have decided on a reporting method, how do you decide on what measures to report on?  Here are some tips on making this important decision. 1.  Diagnoses or clinical conditions treated in your clinic :  Having eligible patients who qualify for the measures you choose …

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