Eligible professionals, including physical therapists (PTs), who reported at least 1 2013 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) quality-data code through claims can now access an online dashboard to review data on their submissions. PTs in private practice who do not participate in PQRS in 2013 face a 1.5% penalty that will be imposed in 2015.
PTs who reported measures can view data organized by taxpayer identification number or individual national provider identifier. The dashboard is available through the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Physician and Other Health Care Professionals Quality Reporting Portal and can help PTs monitor whether or not they will avoid the 2015 payment adjustment and possibly earn a 2013 PQRS incentive payment. The site includes a User Guide for additional information on the types of data available.
APTA offers a site dedicated to explaining PQRS and helping PTs understand their reporting responsibilities. The penalties can be avoided if PTs meet the PQRS measurement specifications, an approach that allows the PT to earn a 2013 incentive payment of .5% of covered Medicare part B charges. PTs can also avoid the 2015 penalty (but miss out on the incentive payment) by submitting 1 valid measure through claims, participating registry, or through a qualified electronic health record, or by reporting at least 1 valid measure in a measures group through claims or a participating registry.
PQRS also offers a help desk accessible by phone at 866/288-8912 (TTY 877/715-6222) or e-mail. Assistance is available Monday through Friday 7:00 am-7:00 pm, CT.
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