Skip to main content

On January 1, 2017, the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) launched the Quality Payment Program (QPP)—integrating several Medicare legacy quality reporting programs, including the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), and affecting providers who bill Medicare Part B.

Under QPP, eligible clinicians can opt to participate in 1 of 2 tracks: the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) or advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs). As discussed in this space last spring,1,2 physical therapists (PTs) are not yet included in mandated reporting under MIPS, but they likely will be added in 2019. It is imperative, therefore, that PTs immediately begin preparing for the 2019 reporting year.

Log in or create a free account to keep reading.

Join APTA to get unlimited access to content.

  1. Smith HL. Quality payment program part 1: all about MIPs. PT in Motion. 2017;9(3):8-10. Accessed January 16, 2018.
  2. Jennings S. Quality payment program part 2: all about advanced APMs. PT in Motion. 2017; 9(4):8-11. Accessed January 16, 2018.

You Might Also Like...


APTA's Outcomes Registry Again Receives Key CMS Designation

Jan 19, 2021

The APTA Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry has been approved as a qualified clinical data registry — an important benefit for PTs in MIPS.


CMS: Minimal Changes to MIPS, Advanced Alternative Payment Models for 2021

Aug 7, 2020

The Quality Payment Program would see mostly minor changes and some shifts to respond to COVID-19-related challenges.


MIPS Performance Scores Now Available

Aug 7, 2020

CMS has released its MIPS scores for your 2019 performance, which could affect your payment in 2021.