Data collected by the therapist, beyond the functional assessment tool, may influence the severity modifier determination:
- Interpretation of scores from standardized functional assessment tools
- Additional objective data (eg, pain, motion, strength)
- Other considerations that have an impact severity, such as comorbidities, age, cognition, prognosis, and time since onset
The physical therapist's clinical judgment is critical in selecting the appropriate severity modifier. PTNow's co-chairs and APTA's program director for quality have created multiple case scenarios in a variety of formats to help guide you through the process:
Key APTA Resources
Visit APTA.org's Functional Limitation Reporting Under Medicare page for a complete listing of resources.
To ask specific questions about functional limitation reporting, visit APTA's discussion forum.