• articleDec 26, 2013 | 5 min. read

    Most Frequently Asked Questions from our PQRS Webinar

    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.   Is the requirement for successful reporting with the back pain measures group 20 patients per therapist or 20 patients per practice? It’s 20 patients per therapist. It doesn’t matter if …

  • articleDec 23, 2013 | 2 min. read

    Changes to PQRS Measures Specifications for 2014

    On Friday, Medicare released the 2014 specifications for individual PQRS measures. Not much has changed compared to last year; however, there are a few noteworthy differences, which we’ve detailed below. (Please note that there weren’t any major changes for speech language pathologists.) Measure 131: Pain Assessment Physical and occupational therapists can now report this measure during re-evaluations (97002 and 97004). In 2013, they could only report it during initial evaluations. Measure 155: Falls POC In 2013, therapists …

  • articleDec 12, 2013 | 4 min. read

    WebPT’s Recommendations on How to Approach PQRS in 2014

    If you’ve been following the WebPT Blog , hopefully by now you’re up to snuff on the basics of PQRS 2014, including the reporting requirements, the available measures, and the associated incentives and penalties. (If you’re still mostly in the dark, read this blog post to bring yourself up to speed.) Now, you’ve got some decisions to make: How will you submit your PQRS measures? How many measures will you report? Which measures will you report? If …

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    articleDec 4, 2013 | 10 min. read

    The Five Things You Need to Know Now About PQRS 2014

    Last Wednesday, just before we all headed home to gorge ourselves on turkey and pumpkin pie, Medicare released the Final Rule—all 1,369 pages of it. While it wasn’t exactly light reading, our fearless leader (and speed reader) Heidi Jannenga pored over this hefty document with a mission of finding all the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) information that’s most important to you right now. Below is a breakdown of what you need to know about PQRS 2014. …

  • articleDec 3, 2013 | 3 min. read

    December Founder Letter: Happy Holidays and Here's to a Great 2014

    It’s December already? I must’ve slipped into a food coma after all that turkey. I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving and a fantastic Small Business Saturday. Now, it’s time to get holly jolly and then ring in the new year. Of course, the new year is all about resolutions, which makes it the perfect time for WebPT to introduce our two new Team Commitments : Do Más With Menos and Live Better. The first one is …

  • articleNov 21, 2013 | 4 min. read

    How an EMR Helps You Stay Medicare Compliant

    Confidence and compliance are two words rehab therapists rarely put in the same sentence. Sure, they know that therapy cap requirements, functional limitation reporting , PQRS , the 8-minute rule , and MPPR are all Medicare regulations. But beyond that, memories get a bit fuzzy—and that’s understandable. It’s a lot to keep straight, let alone accurately follow. Yet, Medicare requires compliance; otherwise, they’ll deny payment or dole out fines. They don’t care that you’re busy treating patients, …

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    articleNov 18, 2013 | 5 min. read

    The Scoop on PQRS

    What is PQRS? The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) developed Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), which mandates that eligible professionals meet standards for satisfactory reporting. If you are not PQRS-compliant in 2014, CMS will assess penalties. However, we do not yet know what the penalty amount is or how CMS will assess it. There also is a chance that CMS will provide incentive payments for successfully completing PQRS, as they did in 2013. Again, we …

  • articleNov 7, 2013 | 2 min. read

    FLR and PQRS: How Are They Different?

    Functional limitation reporting (FLR) and PQRS both fall under the ever-widening umbrella of Medicare regulations, and they both involve outcome measures and data codes. Still, they are completely separate requirements, each with its own set of rules. Confusing, we know. To help you sort out the differences, we’ve put together a short breakdown of each one as well as a detailed compare/contrast chart: The Basics of FLR On July 1, 2013, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services …

  • articleNov 5, 2013 | 3 min. read

    Founder Letter: PQRS 2014

    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- …

  • articleNov 4, 2013 | 3 min. read

    What PQRS Could Look Like in 2014

    On July 19, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published the 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register. According to this summary , most of the policies were open for comment until September 6, 2013 and, pending final decisions (which hopefully will occur this month), will take effect on January 1, 2014. The 605-page document contains proposals for policy changes on everything from reimbursements to the …

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