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  • QPP, MIPS, AAPMs: Learn What’s What With New Payment System Webinar Recordings

    The federal rule that would move physical therapists (PTs) into a completely new payment system for Medicare has not yet been finalized, but there's no better time than the present to start learning about the payment environment PTs will likely practice in come January 1, 2019. APTA has you covered.

    Now available: 2 recordings of recent APTA webinars focused on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) Quality Payment Program (QPP), the system that CMS proposes to apply to PTs starting next year. If adopted as described in the 2019 physician fee schedule, QPP would initiate a major shift toward value-based payment for physical therapy under Medicare. QPP incorporates the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and the Alternative Advanced Payment Model (AAPM) programs.

    Both recordings are led by APTA staff members Heather Smith, director of quality, and Kara Gainer, director of regulatory affairs. Smith and Gainer are joined by Barbara Connors, DO, MPH, a chief medical officer for CMS, and Patrick Hamilton, MPH, a CMS health insurance specialist (Hamilton joins the August 23 webinar only). The recordings are free to APTA members.

    What's available:

    August 7, 2018, recording and supporting slide deck on MIPS and its relationship to QPP
    Format: Webinar with accompanying slide deck, followed by question-and-answer session
    Duration: 1 hour (approx)
    Recording: here
    Accompanying slide deck: here

    August 23, 2018, recording and supporting slide deck on QPP, MIPS, and advanced alternative payment models (AAPMs)
    Format: Question-and-answer session on all QPP provisions
    Duration: 1 hour (approx)
    Recording: here
    Related slide deck: here

    [TIP: The August 7 recording is accompanied by a slide presentation. The August 23 session is audio-only but supported by another slide deck not used during the actual webinar. Users of the August 23 materials may find it most helpful to listen to the audio recording first, and then view the slide deck.]

    The recordings are among the first in a series of resources APTA will provide on QPP. After the final rule is out, look for more webinars with CMS staff, APTA Learning Center offerings, and other online resources. Questions? Contact advocacy@apta.org.

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