Physician Quality Reporting Initiative in 2008: New Ways to Qualify for 1.5% Bonus

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) will have a 1.5 – hour live audio conference titled PQRI in 2008: New Ways to Qualify for 1.5% Bonus on January 30, 2008 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST.  Registration closes Friday, January 25, at midnight EST or when all available places are filled, whichever comes first.

Featured Speakers
Rhea Cohn, PT, DPT
Ken Harwood, PT, PhD, CIE
Michael P Johnson, PT, MS, OCS

In 2008 physical therapists who bill Medicare for outpatient physical therapy services in private practice settings (using the 1500 claim form or 837-P) can obtain a 1.5% bonus payment if they report on quality measures. Physical therapists can now report on 8 new measures in 2008 under this program, referred to as the “Physician Quality Reporting Initiative.”

Michael Johnson, PT, MS, OCS, consultant on quality measure development, joins Rhea Cohn, PT, DPT, APTA’s associate director of reimbursement, and Ken Harwood, PT, PhD, CIE, vice president of practice and education, to tell you what you need to know about the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative for 2008. During the Q & A session following the presentation, you may ask your questions directly to the experts. Upon completion of this audio conference, you will be able to:

o       Evaluate whether your private practice should participate in the program.
o       Identify the new quality measures for 2008 that apply to physical therapists in private practice settings.
o       Recognize how quality measures are developed.
o       Alter your billing to report the codes used under the quality reporting program.
o       Position your practice to collect data to report on the new quality measures and to ensure successful reporting.

APTA Members and Life Members: $79
APTA Members’ Office Managers (must be registered by the APTA member): $79
Nonmembers: $149.
No group rates are available.

Each registrant will receive a CD-ROM of the audio conference to be mailed after March 1, 2008.

If you can’t participate live in “PQRI in 2008: New Ways to Qualify for 1.5% Bonus,” you may purchase the CD-ROM (Product ID# AV-45VP), which includes the audio conference recording and handouts, all for the same price as the LIVE seminar. The CDs will be available after March 1, 2008, and cost $79 for members and $149 for nonmembers. Don’t miss this chance to learn how to obtain the 1.5% bonus payment for reporting on quality measures.

Registration Information
1. Please Note: An e-mail address is required for registration in order to send a confirmation. APTA does not share e-mail addresses with any other parties. Please use your most frequently used email address to ensure the timely receipt of your confirmation materials.

2. You will need a credit card for payment.

3. You will receive an e-mail with a toll-free number, an access code, and a unique pin number to dial in for the audio conference. In addition, you will receive the Web site address to download course handouts. It is essential that we have a correct e-mail address so that we can provide this information.

4. Online registration is coming soon! To register, download the registration form, or call the APTA Member Services department at 800/999-2782, ext 3395.Continuing Education Units: Each registered participant will receive a Certificate of Attendance to earn 0.2 CEU or 2 contact hours after successful completion of a test with a score of 70% or better.

Source: APTA

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