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  • Changes Coming to PQRS Measures Specifications in 2014

    Physical therapists (PTs) will be facing changes to Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) measures specifications in the new year. The changes recently announced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) affect areas including current medications, pain assessment, falls plan of care, and functional outcome assessment.

    PTs planning to participate in PQRS in 2014 are strongly encouraged to review the 2014 measures specifications, which contain information on how a measure is defined and how to report, and the qualifying case information that includes quality data codes for reporting.

    APTA has updated its PQRS resources to reflect the 2014 measures changes at the association's PQRS webpage. Further details on the changes can be found at the CMS PQRS How to Get Started webpage. Also, check out the most recent and timely Physical Therapy and PQRS in 2014: How to Report Successfully  webinar, recorded December 19. This was the most popular paid webinar recorded in 2013.