Many family physicians are familiar with the Physician Quality Reporting System(www.cms.gov) (PQRS), a CMS program that encourages individual physicians and group practices to report information on the quality of care they provide to Medicare patients.
What AAFP members may not know is that CMS recently announced timeframes for the reporting of 2015 PQRS data.
The timelines are important, because physicians who do not successfully report quality measurement data that meet the 2015 PQRS requirements will be penalized with a 2 percent negative adjustment on payment for Medicare services rendered in 2017.
The submission timeframe for reporting PQRS data extends from Jan. 1 to March 31, but varies depending on the reporting method(www.cms.gov) physicians choose to use. Those options are listed below as:
- Jan. 1-Feb. 29 via EHR Direct or Data Submission Vendor (designated as QRDA I or III),
- Jan. 1-Feb. 29 via a qualified clinical data registry (QCDR),(www.cms.gov)
- Jan. 18-March 11 via the group practice reporting option known as Web Interface(www.cms.gov) (available to groups of 25 or more),
- Jan. 1-March 31 via a qualified PQRS registry (PQRS Wizard(aafp.pqrswizard.com) is one option) and
- Jan. 1-March 31 via a QCDR XML file.
The submission period for each category ends at 8 p.m. EST on the final day. Submitters must have an Enterprise Identity Management(www.cms.gov) account to enter the system.
Questions? Contact the QualityNet Help Desk by email or by phone at 866-288-8912 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. CST.
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