CME Webcast

PQRS: Are You Ready?

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AAFP members: $30
Non-members: $110

The Physician Quality Reporting System, or PQRS, is a Medicare pay-for-reporting system requiring physicians to submit quality data to CMS. The reporting deadline varies by reporting method. If a physician does not report 2016 PQRS measures by the appropriate deadline, they will be charged a 2% penalty on their 2018 Medicare Part B payments.

Health care providers report quality measures to CMS about health care services provided to Medicare beneficiaries. Quality measures are tools that help CMS assess various aspects of care such as health outcomes, patient perceptions, and care coordination. Measures submitted through PQRS will now impact how a physician fares under CMS’ value-based payment modifier.

About the Webcast

PQRS: Are You Ready?

AAFP members: $30
Non-members: $110

Learning Objectives

After completing this CME activity, you should be able to:

  • List the requirements and available options for PQRS compliance.
  • Explain the benefits of reporting by the deadline and the implications if reporting is not completed by the deadline.
  • Articulate a plan for improved PQRS reporting. 

Estimated time required to complete the full webcast: 60 minutes

Original release date of webcast: November 3, 2016

Presenting Faculty

Sandy Pogones, MPA, CPHQ
Senior Strategist, Health Care Quality

Sandy serves as the American Academy of Family Physician’s Senior Strategist, Health Care Quality, with expertise in quality improvement, performance measurement, federal quality programs, and advanced primary care transformation. In this role, she works to assist family physicians in adopting care delivery capabilities to better prepare them for success in value-based payment models.

Prior to the AAFP, Sandy was with Primaris Healthcare Business Solutions where she led the physician services task providing “hands-on” technical assistance to physicians to support PQRS, Meaningful Use, value-based purchasing and patient medical home transformation. She facilitated practice improvement using advanced capabilities of EHRs for population management, care coordination, health information exchange, and patient engagement.    

CME Credit

This Enduring Material activity, PQRS - Are You Ready?, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 1.00 Prescribed credit by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Term of approval begins 11/07/2016. Term of approval ends on 5/31/2017. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The AAFP is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Academy of Family Physicians designates this Enduring Material activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 credit™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CME activities approved for AAFP credit are recognized by the AOA as equivalent to AOA Category 2 credit.


The material presented here is being made available by the American Academy of Family Physicians for educational purposes only. Please note that medical information is constantly changing; the information contained in this activity was accurate at the time of publication. This material is not intended to represent the only, nor necessarily best, methods or procedures appropriate for the medical situations discussed. Rather, it is intended to present an approach, view, statement, or opinion of the faculty, which may be helpful to others who face similar situations.

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