By now, some physical and occupational therapists as well as speech-language pathologists in private practices have received a letter notifying them that they did not satisfactorily report PQRS measures in calendar year 2015 and would be subject to a 2% payment reduction in their calendar year 2017 Medicare payments. If you did not receive a letter or you are not sure if you successfully reported PQRS measures in 2015, I will provide a link later in this article where you can access your reports.
In the past 2 weeks, I have received several phone calls and emails from therapists in private practice due to receiving a letter stating they did not successfully report all applicable PQRS measures in calendar year 2015. However, the therapists tell me that they did report on all applicable measures on at least 50% of their eligible patient’s and their reports actually support their statement.
The key word though is report. The therapists did satisfactorily report on at least 50% of measures applicable to their discipline and by means of reporting (i.e. claims vs registry). The key though is their Performance Rate on one or more of their measures and Performance Rate and Reporting Rate do not mean the same thing.
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