February 24, 2011, 9:00 AM PST / 12:00 PM EST
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 Medicare documentation?
- What is an outcome measurement tool?
articleSep 6, 2011 | 3 min. read
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 9, 2011 | 4 min. read
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 …
articleOct 17, 2016 | 4 min. read
After months of heated debate and public commentary—much of it coming from physicians who felt they needed more time to prepare themselves to participate in a brand-new quality reporting program—the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) on Friday released its final rule on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) . This act, which will go into effect January 1, 2017, reimburses eligible Medicare physicians based on the quality of care they deliver …
articleDec 23, 2013 | 2 min. read
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 …
articleNov 12, 2012 | 2 min. read
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 …
articleJan 25, 2017 | 9 min. read
Unless you’ve been intentionally avoiding all discussions of healthcare changes for 2017, you’ve probably heard at least mention of CMS’s Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), which consolidates aspects of the Meaningful Use (MU), Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) , and Value-Based Payment Modifier (VM) programs. While MIPS went into effect on January 1, 2017, physical therapists (PTs), occupational therapists (OTs), and speech-language pathologists (SLPs) aren’t eligible to participate until at least 2019. And we’re all still waiting …
articleNov 13, 2014 | 8 min. read
In the spirit of the season, today we give thanks for Medicare’s brand new Final Rule . Drier than overcooked turkey, we decided to carve up this bird into the most pertinent chunks of Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) information for you and your practice so you don’t have to. Here’s what you need to know about PQRS 2015: Measures, Measures, Measures Medicare likes measures––225 of them to be exact––and they don’t care who knows. Thankfully, all …
articleNov 18, 2010 | 4 min. read
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 …
articleNov 4, 2015 | 6 min. read
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 …