American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

ASHA Offers Webinar for Medicare Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS)

(February 4, 2014)

ASHA is conducting a webinar, Maximize Medicare Payment With PQRS, to educate audiologists and speech-language pathologists in private practice, group practice, and university clinics about the intricacies of the penalty-based quality reporting program for services provided to Medicare Part B beneficiaries. The webinar is being offered live on February 11, 2014 (3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. ET) and on demand through February 11, 2015, for 0.2 CEUs.

The webinar will cover the following. 

  • Definitions of the terminology used by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for the PQRS program
  • Details for accurate reporting and documentation for each quality measure
  • Future expectations for quality reporting, including the latest Medicare reform bill that is being debated in Congress
  • Access to printable resources, including quick reference guides

Registration for the live broadcast must be completed by noon (ET) on February 11, 2014.

Background

The PQRS program was initiated as an incentive-based program, but has transitioned to a penalty-based program based on participation in 2013 and subsequent years. Audiologists and speech-language pathologists who provide services to outpatient Medicare beneficiaries (Part B) in private practice, group practice, or university clinic settings will realize payment reductions on their claims for reimbursements beginning in 2015, if they do not meet yearly benchmark requirements. In 2014, the benchmarks for eligible participation were significantly raised, requiring providers to report on every measure applicable to their respective professions for a minimum of 50% of their eligible Medicare patient visits.

ASHA Resources

For information regarding the webinar, visit ASHA's Professional Development webpage for Webinars: Live and On Demand.

For more information on PQRS, contact Lisa Satterfield, ASHA's director of health care regulatory advocacy, at lsatterfield@asha.org.


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