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New Physical Therapy Codes for 2017

July 8, 2016 8 Comments
New Physical Therapy Codes for 2017

New physical therapy codes for 2017 were released yesterday by CMS as part of the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule for 2017 (CMS-1654-P).  The therapy community has long awaiting the anticipated changes to the current CPT coding structure.  The proposed rule provides information on the new physical therapy and occupational therapy evaluation codes (we […]

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2016 PQRS Measures for Occupational Therapy

January 3, 2016 0 Comments
2016 PQRS Measures for Occupational Therapy

There is no change in 2016 PQRS measures reporting for occupational therapy for claims based reporting.  As the new year begins occupational therapists, much like physical therapists, may find themselves in one of three situations regarding PQRS reporting:  1) Successful reporting in 2014, and therefore no reductions to Medicare payments in 2016. 2) Notification that 2014 reporting […]

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Therapy Supervision

September 6, 2015 4 Comments
Therapy Supervision

Therapy supervision rules differ by venue in terms of Medicare, and may differ by state jurisdiction for Medicaid. Tricare does not have therapist supervision rules for private practice, as therapy assistants are not allowed by Tricare Military policy.  Medicare, Medicaid and Tricare supervision rules are payor rules.  There are also practice rules for supervision noted in your physical […]

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Becoming A Therapy Compliance Officer

September 2, 2015 2 Comments
Becoming A Therapy Compliance Officer

Are you thinking of becoming a therapy compliance officer?  I often get inquiries by phone, through this website and via email from clinicians asking about becoming a compliance officer.  Some inquiries are from clinicians that are excited about compliance, some are from clinicians that are burned out and looking for a new career opportunity, others […]

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Therapy PQRS Panic

March 6, 2014 1 Comment
Therapy PQRS Panic

It seems like therapy PQRS panic is setting in, and setting in fast.  I am hearing from practices from Minnesota to California to Florida and parts in between.  Most folks that are in contact with me have heard me speak at a webinar or perhaps have read my blog posts on PQRS over the past month […]

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Occupational Therapy PQRS

February 28, 2014 2 Comments
Occupational Therapy PQRS

There are 9 occupational therapy PQRS measures in 2014 for claims-based reporting (free).  Many are the same measure for physical therapy reporting, however there are some different options for occupational therapy.  Before we get to the measures, it’s important to clear up some misunderstanding about the minimum number of measure that must be successfully reported […]

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Therapy PQRS – Are You Reporting Correctly?

February 26, 2014 2 Comments
Therapy PQRS – Are You Reporting Correctly?

PQRS measures and reporting have changed for 2014, and if you are not aware of the changes, your reporting could cost you 2% of your 2016 payments from Medicare!  For physical therapists doing claims based reporting there are 8 eligible measures, and for occupational therapists there are 9 eligible measures.  Therapists must report at least 9 […]

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Make Therapy PQRS Simple

January 28, 2014 1 Comment
Make Therapy PQRS Simple

Make Therapy PQRS Simple.  Confused?  PQRS reporting must be implemented by private practice therapists to stave off future payment penalties.  Over the years since its inception this quality reporting program on an annual basis has had different quality reporting measures, different bonus structures, varied reporting methods, varied future payment penalties and a whole lot more.  For therapy providers […]

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