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Written by: Darlene D'Altorio-Jones (1959-2015) on Thursday, January 17, 2013 Posted in: Outpatient Rehab

Our Web analytics master shared some pretty powerful numbers with my team earlier this week when it came to traffic on a fairly new resource on — our CBOR Conversion Calculator. When CMS released the Final Rule, there was one big coding change that outpatient therapists must comply with, or be faced with one denied claim after another.  Just this month, CMS began accepting Claims-Based Outcomes Reporting (CBOR) with Medicare Part B claim submissions.

The testing period goes until July 1, 2013; then everyone must meet these new coding standards or risk getting returned claims. So, to help our clients, and really, the outpatient industry as a whole, a few of my colleagues worked together to create this online visual tool. Since its November release, more than 5,000 visitors have visited the Web page: It proves that many clinicians are taking this seriously from the get-go, but I know there are many other therapists out there that are going to need some help!

The CBOR tool includes dozens of relevant outcomes tools for you to select, everything from the Berg Balance Scale, to the Four Step Square test and Wolf Motor Function. Clinicians simply input the score captured, or the goal, and that then translates to the appropriate functional modifier code published by CMS.  Try it out now, for free! We also created a version for those who have older browsers or restricted plug-ins.

P.S. I’ve also made a CMS Clarifications on CBOR FAQ sheet that I am constantly updating as I hear answers from CMS. If you have questions, feel free to email me at I’m also planning to have a second webinar about CBOR in April (you can watch the introduction to CBOR webinar right now). Stay tuned!

P.P.S. Mediware’s outpatient rehabilitation solution will help you stay compliant with the new CBOR requirements.

P.P.P.S. I look forward to meeting a lot of you at APTA-CSM  in San Diego.

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