AAFP Invites FPs to Upcoming PQRS Webcast

Avoid Penalties, Prepare for Future Value-based Payment Programs

January 28, 2016 10:45 am Sheri Porter

Feel like you need a refresher course to stay on top of requirements and deadlines related to the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS)?

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An upcoming webcast offered by the AAFP is designed to clear up confusion and give family physicians the confidence they need to successfully meet reporting deadlines for the 2015 PQRS requirements recently announced by CMS.

There's little time for procrastination because the first of those fast-approaching deadlines is Feb. 29.

The webcast -- titled "PQRS: Are you Ready?" -- is scheduled for Feb. 11 at 1 p.m. CST. The Academy invites AAFP members to purchase access to this event for $25; nonmembers pay $100.

The AAFP's former webinar process has changed, so follow the online instructions. After registering, participants will receive an email with a link to join the event on Feb. 11.

An application for CME credit for this event has been filed with the AAFP; determination of credit is pending. The webcast will be available on demand for physicians who are unable to attend the live event.

Event moderator Heidy Robertson-Cooper, M.P.A., the AAFP's senior strategist for health care quality, has expertise in quality improvement and performance measurement.

She told AAFP News that she enjoys helping family physicians succeed as the U.S. health care system moves forward with value-based payment models.

"I know our family physicians are well aware that PQRS reporting is required now if they are to avoid the assessment of a 2 percent penalty on their Medicare payment in 2017," said Robertson-Cooper. "That's why meeting these upcoming deadlines is vitally important."

During the webcast, Robertson-Cooper will focus attention on the myriad of options available to physicians for meeting PQRS requirements and reporting 2015 measures.

Regardless of physicians' involvement with PQRS, it's important to keep an eye on the future.

Robertson-Cooper reminded physicians that those who become skilled at quality reporting now will be well-prepared for value-based payment programs coming their way in the future.

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