TRICARE and Assistants

The Department of Defense has released the long awaited proposed rule where the Department of Defense would add physical therapist assistants (PTA’s) and occupational therapy assistants (OTA’s) as TRICARE authorized providers. In summary, this proposed rule would add PTA’s and OTA’s as authorized TRICARE providers under the supervision of a TRICARE-authorized physical therapist or occupational therapist…

MIPS Questions and Answers: Part 4

Question How does CMS calculates the penalty for those choosing not to participate/report? Answer Question Regarding the Improvement Activities, how can we determine which Improvement Activities are considered high-weighted and which are considered medium-weighted? Answer Question How do we go about opting in and when is the deadline? Answer Question If we have 11 therapists and…

MIPS Questions and Answers: Part 3

The Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in 2019 will now include physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists that treat Medicare beneficiaries in the private practice setting. The simplest way to know if you are a private practice under the Medicare program is that you submit claims to your Medicare Administrative Contractor on a 1500-claim…

MIPS Questions and Answers: Part 2

The Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in 2019 will now include physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists that treat Medicare beneficiaries in the private practice setting. The simplest way to know if you are a private practice under the Medicare program is that you submit claims to your Medicare Administrative Contractor on a 1500-claim…

MIPS Questions and Answers: Part 1

The Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in 2019 will now include physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists that treat Medicare beneficiaries in the private practice setting. The simplest way to know if you are a private practice under the Medicare program is that you submit claims to your Medicare Administrative Contractor on a 1500-claim…