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Navigating PQRS & Functional Limitation Reporting (FLR): Roadmap to Successful Reporting in 2015
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Navigating PQRS & Functional Limitation Reporting (FLR): Roadmap to Successful Reporting in 2015

When: 2/10/2015
12:00 PM
Where: CPTA Webinar
Presenter: Rick Katz, PT, DPT; Dennis Langton, PT
Contact: Rita Pierson
(916) 929-2782

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Course Description

Physical therapists who bill Medicare for outpatient physical therapy services in private practice settings must participate successfully in the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2015 in order to avoid a 2.0% reduction in payment from Medicare in 2017. Physical Therapists must also report the new Value-based Modifiers which will go into effect for PTs in 2016 with additional penalties of up to -4.0. In addition, Physical therapists are required to report functional limitation data on every Medicare patient in all outpatient therapy settings. The data includes information on beneficiaries’ function and condition, therapy services furnished, and outcomes achieved on patient function. This webinar will instruct you on how to successfully participate in 2015 PQRS to avoid the penalty while also learning to successfully report on functional limitation (FLR) outcome measures to ensure compliance and prompt payment.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Illustrate the relationship between PQRS reporting and payment
  • Identify the PQRS quality measures for 2015 that apply to physical therapists in outpatient settings.
  • Distinction between reporting the individual measures and measures groups
  • Describe the successful reporting requirements for 2015 and identify common errors associated with unsuccessful reporting by physical therapists.
  • Determine the changes to practice operations you need to make in order to participate successfully in the PQRS program in 2015.
  • Understand the basics of the new value-based modifier program for 2016
  • Identify the proper use of functional limitation reporting as it applies to complex patient scenarios
  • Understand the financial impact of non-compliance under the FLR system


Rick Katz, PT, DPT has a Bachelor of Science degree from California State University, Northridge (CSUN) in 1979 and obtained his Physical Therapy certification from a combined program at CSUN and UCLA in 1980. He went on to receive a Master’s Degree in Exercise Science from CSUN in 1985 and his DPT from E.I.M. Institute in 2013. He is currently a faculty member at CSUN. He currently serves as the Chairperson for the CPTA’s Payment Policy Committee, member of the Finance Committee and is a past CPTA Board of Directors member. He chairs the APTA Private Practice Section’s ACO task force. He is the recipient of the CPTA’s James McKillip Leadership Award and the Charles Magistro Service Award. Rick is the President of Adient Physical Therapy which owns and operates PT facilities in 4 western states. Rick enjoys the combination of patient care, management and teaching along with his volunteer work with the APTA.

Dennis Langton, PT received his B.S. degree in Health Education and Physical Therapy in 1973 from the University of Utah. His post graduate studies include a wide variety of advanced clinical courses in the areas of Manual Therapy, Sports Medicine, Neurology, Craniomandibular Disorders, and Work Rehabilitation. Mr. Langton has presented over 30 post graduate research papers and taught over 100 post-graduate professional courses, both nationally and internationally, in the areas of orthopedics, manual therapy, orthotics and prevention education. He is presently a consultant in head, neck, and facial pain to the Clinical Research Foundation, and an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Southern California. Mr. Langton is co-author of a functional anatomy text on the head, neck and temporomandibular joint and contributing author on two textbooks on evaluation and treatment of CMD. He is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Orthopedic, Private Practice, Aquatics, Geriatrics, Women's Health and Health Policy and Administration sections and is a Trustee of APTA-PAC. He currently serves on the Chapter Board of the California Physical Therapy Association (CPTA) and is Finance Officer and liaison to the CPTA Payment Policy Committee.

Course Schedule

12:00 – 1:30PM     Presentation
1:30-2:00PM         Q&A


2.0 contact hours or 0.2 CEUs (approval pending)

Target Audience

PTs, PTAs, Students and other Allied Health Professionals

Registration Fees

Registration received by February 9, 2015
$25 APTA PT members
$75 Non-members

All cancellation requests must be received in writing – no exceptions. A full refund, less 20% service fee, if cancellation is received by February 3. No refunds after February 3, 2015.


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