• articleNov 2, 2011 | 3 min. read

    PQRS and Broccoli

    Just like eating your broccoli is not required, neither is PQRS. If you don’t do it, however, eventually you’ll get fined. And if you don’t eat your broccoli, Mom will probably send you to your room. Or worse, no dessert.  PQRS is one of those things that Mom may advise you to do. Why? Because it’s good for you. If you and your clinic start adopting your workflow for PQRS now, you’ll be better prepared for the …

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • articleFeb 9, 2011 | 4 min. read

    Registry vs Claims-Based Reporting for PQRS (PQRI)

    The Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) is a program designed by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to improve the quality of reporting in the healthcare industry. The program is now considered to be permanent and therefore the program name has been amended to the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS). PQRS reporting is based on individual measures which are associated to a specific patient group by diagnosis, ailment, age, or clinical action taken by the reporting …

  • articleFeb 8, 2011 | 3 min. read

    PQRI and PQRS Explained for PTs

    In our effort to simplify the clinical environment while maintaining quality and compliance, we decided to dedicate this month the exciting topic of Medicare Regulations. This topic can to be either terrifying or boring for PTs, but it is something that must be considered and is equally important in patient care. This article aims to clear up some of the most common questions regarding the program formally known as PQRI. For your convenience I have translated the …

  • webinarFeb 7, 2011

    Take the Pain Out of Medicare (PQRS/PQRI Compliance)

    Improving Medicare and PQRS documentation in your PT clinic that can help your bottom line. This webinar was led by EMR expert and practicing physical therapist Heidi Jannenga and technology expert Michael Mannheimer. Webinar attendees will learn the answers to: What is PQRS and why should I care? Is it true that PQRS will be mandatory? What Medicare changes have been enacted recently? What measures are available and best for my clinic? How can I improve my …

  • articleJan 11, 2011 | 5 min. read

    Webinar Update from CMS

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Provider Communications Group will host a national provider conference call on the 2011 Physician Quality Reporting System and Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program. The eRx Incentive Program is an incentive program for eligible professionals initially implemented in 2009 as a result of section 132(b) of the MIPPA.  The eRx Incentive Program promotes the adoption and use of eRx systems by individual eligible professionals and beginning with the 2010 eRx …

  • articleNov 18, 2010 | 4 min. read

    What PTs Should Know About 2011 Final Rule Medicare Changes

    Some major changes are headed our way in terms of the 2011 Medicare Final Rule on the Physician Fee schedule and Other Policies to be effective January 1, 2011.  The Rule included a number of provisions that have impact on outpatient therapy services. The net effect of the policies could lead to payment reductions of approximately 30%. If you see Medicare patients and they impact your revenue, there are several things to pay attention to and deal …

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