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  • PTs Encouraged to Verify Their PQRS Data Before It Hits Physician Compare

    Did you participate in the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2014? If so, did you report measure #128, "Preventive Care: General Health, Body Mass Index (BMI) Screening and Followup"? That data, linked to your name, will soon be posted to the Physician Compare website, and you should verify its accuracy while you can.

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has opened the 30-day preview period for the 2014 quality measures that will be reported later this year to Physician Compare, the CMS website that provides the public with searchable information on health care providers, including physical therapists (PTs) who participated in PQRS in 2014.

    You can access the secured measures preview site now through the Provider Quality Information Portal (PQIP). To learn more about how to preview your measures, visit the Physician Compare Initiative page.

    At present, the only publicly reported data relevant to PTs is the BMI code--#128 for PTs who reported individually via claims data submission. CMS has produced flowcharts to explain the public reporting process.

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