Tuesday, December 20, 2011 New PQRS Podcasts: Preparing for 2012 As recently reported in News Now, physical therapists (PTs) will be able to participate in reporting a new measure in 2012—the Functional Outcome Assessment Measure (#182)—as part of the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS). Measure 182 is designed for patients with documentation of a current functional outcome assessment using a standardized functional outcome assessment tool and documentation of a care plan based on identified functional outcome deficiencies. A new podcast describes which patients are eligible for the measure and outlines the codes PTs should use in their reporting. A transcript and slideshow accompany the prerecorded podcast, which includes a case scenario of a patient who presents for an initial evaluation with a chief complaint of low back pain. To help APTA members successfully participate in PQRS, the association has developed an audit tool that allows PTs to assess their performance in reporting throughout the year and automatically calculates the success rate for each measure that is reported through claims. An audit tool podcast walks listeners through the tool and provides an example of how a clinic manager uses the tool to assess the performance of 3 physical therapists in reporting for the medication measure. A transcript and slideshow accompany the podcast.