The CMS-sponsored Developing Outpatient Therapy Payment Alternatives (DOTPA) project is underway and Research Triangle Institute (RTI) is currently recruiting practices for participation. RTI was selected by CMS to conduct the DOTPA project. The goal of the project is to develop alternatives to the current payment system that places caps on annual Medicare therapy payments. Over the past two years, assessment instruments were developed to collect data on clinical characteristics, including measures of functional status not otherwise available from claims, for Medicare Part B outpatient therapy patients. The assessment instruments may be viewed on the DOTPA project website.
RTI plans to collect data on approximately 30,000 patients from 190 therapy providers representing all therapy disciplines and all types of treatment settings. Each participating provider will be asked to collect data on up to 150 patients over a six-month period. The data collected will include patient assessments at admission and discharge for Medicare Part B beneficiaries. The assessment includes patient- and clinician-reported items. To reduce the administrative burden of data collection, participating providers may defer requests for documentation related to MAC and RAC reviews during the DOTPA data collection period.
RTI is sending informational mailings to a statistical sample of practices, inviting providers to participate in the project. RTI also welcomes inquiries from practices that are interested in finding out whether they are eligible to participate. RTI is specifically interested in recruiting practices that offer speech therapy only or speech therapy in addition to physical therapy. Please contact Brieanne Lyda-McDonald, DOTPA Project Manager, by phone at 919-541-6695 or by e-mail at email@example.com to schedule a time to discuss the project. You may also visit the project website to find out more.