Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released the updated measures
specifications for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) for the 2013
reporting year, which include changes to 3 measures of importance to physical
therapists—Body Mass Index Screening (#128), Pain Assessment (#131), and
Functional Outcome Assessment (#182). The measure specifications provide
program participants with important information such as the measure definition,
reporting instructions, and the qualifying case information (numerator and
denomination definitions), which include the relevant quality data codes for
also should note that additional quality data codes have been added to measures
#128 and #131. CMS has made changes to the definition of an existing quality
data code for measure #182.
therapists who currently are participating or plan to participate in the
Calendar Year 2013 PQRS program are strongly encouraged to review the 2013
measures specifications for those measures that they are planning to report in
2013. APTA will revise all podcasts for those measures with changes in 2013.
the new 2013 measures specifications for further details located on APTA's PQRS webpage
under the "2013 PQRS Measure Details" section.
seeking volunteers to serve on a new work group that will prepare a plan for
responding to the House motion on a Feasibility Study for Transitioning to an
Entry-Level Baccalaureate Physical Therapist Assistant Degree (RC20-12),
including identifying data needs, sources, and collection methods. Members
interested in serving on the PTA Education Feasibility Study Work Group must first
complete the volunteer profile form found on the Volunteer Interest Pool page (log on to the APTA website
before accessing this link). Once the profile is submitted, click on the
"Current Volunteer Opportunities" button and select "PTA
Education Feasibility Study Work Group" to be considered. Encourage your
colleagues, including those involved in the education, work, and career development
of PTAs, to serve on this important work group. The deadline for submission is
December 31. Interested nonmembers should contact Janet Crosier for assistance.
new APTA podcast, Tony Delitto, PT, PhD, FAPTA, and Jason Richardson, PT, DPT, OCS, describe the importance of APTA's Innovation Summit: Collaborative Care Models
in helping to prepare physical therapists to participate in bundled payment
initiatives and accountable care organizations.
8, 2013, physical therapists, physicians, large health systems, and policy
makers will come together at the Innovation Summit to discuss the current and
future role of physical therapy in integrated models of care. Be a part of this
groundbreaking event by attending the Summit via livestream. Visit www.apta.org/innovationsummit/ for a list of speakers,
moderators, and panelists; registration and programming information; and the
names of 18 PT innovators who have been selected to share their innovative
practice models with their colleagues during the meeting.
APTA podcasts are prerecorded
discussions and interviews, not live events. Members can listen to podcasts at
their convenience by clicking on the links provided in News Now articles,
visiting www.apta.org/podcasts/, or subscribing to APTA podcasts on iTunes.
your calendar for the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance
(OAAA) Partners' final 30-minute "Lunch and Learn" of 2012. On
December 12, noon ET, Steven Heymsfield, MD, executive director of Pennington
Biomedical Research Center of the Louisiana State University System, will
present Facts and Myths about Dieting and Weight Loss. Call 877/278-3632 and
enter code 0208132#. Slides will be posted before the call. This event will be recorded and archived on OAAction.org.
a member of OAAA.
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