• Performance Rate vs. Reporting Rate: What It Means to Actually Satisfy PQRS Requirements Image

    articleNov 25, 2015 | 6 min. read

    Performance Rate vs. Reporting Rate: What It Means to Actually Satisfy PQRS Requirements

    Recently, we’ve received questions about what it really means to satisfy PQRS requirements. Specifically, there’s some confusion regarding what it takes to actually fulfill the requirements for satisfactory reporting of measures. So, let’s break it down. The purpose of PQRS is to measure quality, and that’s based on four factors: Measure eligibility Performance criteria or quality action Reporting rate Performance rate Measure Eligibility Every measure has specifications that eligible professionals (EPs) reference to determine whether they can …

  • Registry-Based vs. Claims-Based vs. GPRO Image

    articleNov 24, 2015 | 4 min. read

    Registry-Based vs. Claims-Based vs. GPRO

    ’Tis the CMS season of giving, and that means the 2016 Final Rule is out —thus, it’s time to prepare for PQRS . If it’s your first time reporting, you may be a bit confused by the different reporting options. Don’t worry; we were there once, too. That’s why we did a little—well, a lot—of research and put it all together in an easy-to-understand post (you’re totes welcome). Here’s what we know: Individual Claims-Based and Individual Registry-Based …

  • PQRS 2016 Measures Image

    articleNov 19, 2015 | 1 min. read

    PQRS 2016 Measures

    While PQRS measures specifications won’t be available until December, we do know which measures are available for 2016. Here’s the breakdown by specialty: Physical Therapy #126 Diabetes Mellitus: Diabetic Foot and Ankle Care, Peripheral Neuropathy - Neurological Evaluation #127 Diabetes Mellitus: Diabetic Foot and Ankle Care, Ulcer Prevention - Evaluation of Footwear #128 Preventive Care and Screening: Body Mass Index (BMI) Screening and Follow-Up #130 Documentation of Current Medications in the Medical Record #131 Pain Assessment and …

  • 5 Things PTs, OTs, and SLPs Need to Know About PQRS 2016 Image

    articleNov 10, 2015 | 4 min. read

    5 Things PTs, OTs, and SLPs Need to Know About PQRS 2016

    Ah, fall. The leaves are changing, we’re consuming pumpkin-flavored everything, and healthcare providers across the country are poring over the Medicare Final Rule to learn all the requirements for satisfying PQRS in 2016. Maybe that last thing isn’t one of the festive fall traditions we’ve all come to love, but it is a fall tradition nonetheless. It is our sixth year covering PQRS here at WebPT, after all. So, without further ado, here’s what you need to …

  • Founder Letter: Dodging Data will be Your Demise (or, Why You Should Complete PQRS)  Image

    articleNov 5, 2015 | 6 min. read

    Founder Letter: Dodging Data will be Your Demise (or, Why You Should Complete PQRS)

    By and large, Medicare’s 2016 Final Rule was underwhelming—and for most of us (including me), that probably warranted a big sigh of relief. But while there are no major changes on deck for this year, one thing that definitely should have caught your eye if you perused our Quick Guide to the 2016 Final Rule was the verbiage alluding to the future of PQRS—specifically, the possibility that PQRS reporting as we know it could cease to exist …

  • The Rehab Therapist’s Quick Guide to the 2016 Final Rule Image

    articleNov 4, 2015 | 6 min. read

    The Rehab Therapist’s Quick Guide to the 2016 Final Rule

    November is finally here, which means we here at WebPT can’t stop thinking about a juicy, flavorful, hot-out-of-the oven—Medicare Final Rule. While your tastebuds probably aren’t jumping with joy over the thought of chewing over a bunch of regulatory gobbledygook, the good news is that this year’s final rule shouldn’t be too tough to swallow (and if it is, you can always add more gravy). We’ve already picked out the most important pieces and served ’em up …

  • PQRS 2016: Everything PTs, OTs, and SLPs Need to Know Image

    webinarNov 4, 2015

    PQRS 2016: Everything PTs, OTs, and SLPs Need to Know

    At this point, you’d think satisfying PQRS requirements would be child’s play, but unfortunately, Medicare changes the rules every year. Fortunately, we’ve already combed through the 2016 Final Rule for you and organized everything you need to know about PQRS into a jam-packed, super educational 60-minute webinar. Join us for this beneficial seminar, where hosts Heidi Jannenga and Charlotte Bohnett will: detail 2016 reporting requirements; describe the different reporting methods; and explain how to ensure you successfully …

  • Top 10 Blog Posts of 2014 Image

    articleDec 29, 2014 | 1 min. read

    Top 10 Blog Posts of 2014

    The end of the year is upon us; time to ready our poppers, streamers, and sparkly hats for the ol’ ball drop. As we brace ourselves for another rousing rendition of Auld Lang Syne, it’s hard not to reflect on the year—clichéd as it may sound. Another cliché: End-of-year lists. But we love them nonetheless; that’s why I amassed the WebPT Blog’s top ten posts of 2014. Overarching themes? Gifts and compliance. 20 Perfect Gifts for Physical …

  • PQRS 2015 Measures: What’s Changed? Image

    articleDec 23, 2014 | 2 min. read

    PQRS 2015 Measures: What’s Changed?

    Medicare released the 2015 specifications for individual PQRS measures. Not much has changed compared to last year; however, there are a few changes—the most noteworthy being the elimination of the wound care measure (245). I’ve detailed the rest of the changes below. Measure 126: Diabetes Mellitus: Diabetic Foot and Ankle Care, Peripheral Neuropathy - Neurological Evaluation In addition to updating denominator criteria, the numerator definition (which now includes a lower extremity neurological exam), and the reporting timeframes …

  • PQRS FAQ Image

    articleNov 20, 2014 | 8 min. read

    PQRS FAQ

    PQRS regulations change every year, which makes it tough to stay on top of the requirements. That’s why I’ve organized the most common questions regarding PQRS 2015 and posted them here. Have additional questions? Share them in the comments section, and I’ll post a second Q&A post at the end of the month following our PQRS webinar . General Questions What is PQRS? Created by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Physician Quality Reporting System …

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