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12/18/19

MIPS Quality Measures for 2020 for PT, OT and SLP

For calendar year 2020, physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists will once again be considered Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) eligible clinicians. In this article, I will answer some of the more frequent questions I receive about the MIPS program as they relate to the Quality Performance Measures. Question #1 In Performance Period 2020, how many quality measures must physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists report? Answer #1 Question #2 How is the 70% data completeness calculated? Answer #2 Question #3 In Performance Period 2020, how are quality measures scored? Answer #3 Question #4 In Performance Year 2020,

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12/18/19

MIPS 2020 for PT, OT and SLP

For calendar year 2020, physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists will once again be considered Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) eligible clinicians. In this article, I will answer some of the more frequent questions I receive about the MIPS program. Question #1 What practice setting(s) does MIPS apply to? Answer #1 Question #2 Is there an easy way to know if I am a private practice with the Medicare program? Answer #2 Question #3 Does MIPS apply to Rehabilitation Agencies? Answer #3 Question #4 What is the determination period that CMS will use to see if an eligible clinician

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12/16/19

2019 MIPS Opt-In Begins January 2, 2020

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the instructions how to opt-in to the 2019 MIPS Performance Year for physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists in private practice. The Opt-In process will open on Thank you for being a Gold Member!

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08/12/19

MIPS 2020: Proposed Rule

On July 29, 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the proposed rule for services paid under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Other Changes to Part B Payment Policies as well as Updates to the Quality Payment Program. The latter would include the Merit-Base Incentive Payment System (MIPS). Remember that only physical therapists (PTs), occupational therapists (OTs) and speech-language pathologists (SLPs) that practice in a private practice (submit claims on a 1500-claim form to the Medicare program) are eligible to participate in MIPS. This would include a therapist owned private practice or a physician owned private

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07/29/19

CMS Releases Proposed Rule for Calendar Year 2020

On July 29, 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the proposed rule for calendar year (CY) 2020 for services paid under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS). This proposed rule does impact providers of outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapy services in all outpatient therapy settings that does include private practices, hospital outpatient departments (including Medicare beneficiaries under Observation status and in the Emergency Department and do not get admitted to the hospital), skilled nursing facilities, rehabilitation agencies, comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation facilities and home health agencies providing outpatient therapy in a Medicare beneficiaries home. Highlights of

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02/18/19

Quality Measures Available for MIPS 2019 Performance Year

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the 2019 MIPS quality measures available to report by physical therapists (PT’s), occupational therapists (OT’s) and speech-language pathologists (SLP’s) that practice in the private practice setting. In this article, I will provide the measures available to PT’s, OT’s and SLP’s reporting via claims and registry. Quality Measures That Can Be Reported via Claims by Physical Therapists Quality Measures That Can Be Reported via Registry by Physical Therapists Quality Measures That Can Be Reported via Claims by Occupational Therapists Quality Measures That Can Be Reported via Registry by Occupational Therapists Quality

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02/18/19

MIPS 2019: Must I Report as a Group

Effective January 1, 2019, physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists in private practice (submit claims on a 1500 claim form) are able to participate in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) for Performance Year 2019. If an individual therapist exceeds all 3 of the low-volume thresholds during both determination periods, they will be required to participate in MIPS in 2019. But what if as an individual, not one therapist in a practice exceeds all 3 of the low-volume thresholds during both determination periods, but the group does. Must the group then participate in MIPS in 2019? The answer is

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02/07/19

Check Your 2019 MIPS Eligibility

You can now check the Quality Payment Program (QPP) Participation Status Tool to view your eligibility status for the 2019 performance period under the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). Enter your National Provider Identifier (NPI), to find out if you need to participate in MIPS during the 2019 performance year. To check to see if you need to participate in MIPS for the 2019 Performance Year, click HERE.

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