The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released the updated measures specifications for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) for the 2012 reporting year, which include 2 major changes of importance to physical therapists—the ability to participate in reporting for the Functional Outcome Assessment Measure (#182) and changes to the existing Pain Assessment Measure (#131). The measure specifications provide program participants with important information regarding such as the measure definition, reporting instructions, and the qualifying case information (numerator and denomination definitions), which include the relevant quality data codes for reporting.
Physical therapists will be eligible to participate in reporting for an additional individual measure in the 2012 reporting year—Measure #182: Functional Outcome Assessment. The Functional Outcomes Assessment measure requires documentation of a current functional outcome assessment using a standardized functional outcome assessment and documentation of a care plan based on identified functional outcome deficiencies. APTA will create a new podcast before the year's end to provide practitioners with additional details around reporting for this measure.
Practitioners also should note that major changes have been made to the quality data reporting codes for Measure #131, the Pain Assessment Measure. The quality data codes for this measure have been changed for 2012; the 2011 quality data codes for this measure cannot be used in the 2012 reporting year.
See the new 2012 measures specifications for further details located on APTA's PQRS Web site under the "2012 PQRS Measure Details" section.