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  • CMS Updates 2013 PQRS Measures of Significance to PTs

    The 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 reporting.

    Practitioners 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. 

    • Measure #128, the Body Mass Index Screening measure, has a new quality data code G8938: BMI calculated, patient not eligible/not appropriate for follow-up plan.
    • Measure #131, the Pain Assessment and Follow-up measure, has a new quality data code G8939: pain assessment documented, follow-up plan not documented, patient not eligible/appropriate. 
    • Measure #182, the Functional Outcome Assessment measure, has an additional definition for quality data code G8942, which now is reported to reflect functional outcome assessment documented, no functional deficiencies identified, care plan not required, or functional outcome assessment and care plan documented in the previous 30 days.

    Physical 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.

    See the new 2013 measures specifications for further details located on APTA's PQRS webpage under the "2013 PQRS Measure Details" section.

    Call for Member and Nonmember Volunteers: PTA Education Feasibility Study Work Group

    APTA is 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.

    Innovation Summit: What it Means to You and the Profession

    In this 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.

    On March 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.

    Final 2012 'Lunch and Learn' to Address Dieting and Weight Loss

    Mark 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.

    APTA is a member of OAAA.