Performance metrics shouldn’t wait until pay for performance is a payment methodology.
As we begin a new year, we see many articles on quality incentive payment. Just this past week the APTA announced an audio conference for private practice outpatient therapist who may utilize a one percent PQRS incentive payment in 2011 under the ”Physician Quality Reporting System” payment regulations. With inevitable ever shrinking payment dollars, one would have to take all measures to maintain some profit for operation.
In light of quality however, when patients are the core of our caring, shouldn’t our plans of care always have performance metrics and outcomes as first and foremost? Aren’t we presently being paid to perform? Why does it take one to two years to roll out payments associated with a new methodology called ”pay for performance” and who is waiting to incorporate practice to meet those demands? If therapists operated right now in the best interest of the patient, evaluating specific needs to address the purpose for therapy and then incorporate assessments that measure improvement based on the patient needs, our industry would be far ahead of a few selected measures and patients gains would be the highest focus!