Last Friday, APMA submitted comments to CMS in response to its solicitation for recommendations related to the MIPS 2025 Performance Year Podiatry Measure Specialty Set. APMA recommended removing Measure #219: Functional Status Change for Patients with Lower Leg, Foot or Ankle Impairment from the Podiatry Specialty Measure Set for 2025.
APMA requested this measure’s removal due to the fact that very few physicians typically perform the actions described in this measure. This is underlined by the data—in 2021, more than 1,800 physical therapists reported Measure #219, compared to just three podiatrists in the same year. APMA is further concerned that by keeping the measure in the specialty measure set, DPMs may use it incorrectly, not fully understanding the requirements or the tool used, resulting in skewed data and results, potential misuse affecting patient care, as well as possibly poor scoring outcomes for those DPMs.