• Getting a second opinion on your 2012 PQRS participation

    Did you fail to earn a 2012 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) incentive payment when you believe you should have? Or was your PQRS incentive payment less than you thought it should be?

    You can get a second opinion by requesting an informal review of your 2012 PQRS reporting performance. The informal review is available for all 2012 reporting methods, including:

        •    Claims,
        •    Qualified registry,
        •    Qualified electronic health record,
        •    Group Practice Reporting Option (GPRO) Web Interface (for groups of 100 or more eligible professionals).

    To request an informal review of your 2012 PQRS performance, you must send the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) a valid request via CMS’s Quality Reporting Communications Support Page between now and February 28, 2014. Make sure to fill in all of the mandatory fields so CMS can process your request. CMS or its contractor, the QualityNet Help Desk, may contact you for additional information, if necessary.

    Eligible professionals or designated support staff will need to submit an informal review request for each individual rendering National Provider Identifier and Tax Identification Number under which the requestor submitted 2012 PQRS quality-data codes (QDCs) or data. Groups that participated in the GPRO will need to have their main point of contact request an informal review for the TIN under which the GPRO submitted 2012 PQRS QDCs or data.

    For more information about the informal review, see the 2012 PQRS Informal Review Made Simple fact sheet  or visit the PQRS website.

    – Kent Moore, Senior Strategist for Physician Payment for the American Academy of Family Physicians

    Posted on Nov 19, 2013 by David Twiddy

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