Some physicians are getting more time to submit 2014 data for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS). Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it was giving physicians until 8 p.m. (Eastern Time) on March 20 (up from Feb. 28) to report their information if they were using either of these reporting methods:
• A Direct Electronic Health Record (EHR) product or Data Submission Vendor using certified EHR technology
• Qualified clinical data registries reporting for PQRS and components of meaningful use for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program
Individual eligible professionals (EPs) and group practices using these reporting methods to participate in other CMS programs, such as the Medicare EHR Incentive Program and Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative, can follow the new deadline as well. In addition, March 20 is the new deadline for eligible professionals wanting to attest to meaningful use for the 2014 EHR reporting period in the Medicare Electronic EHR Incentive Program.
Physicians who satisfy the PQRS reporting requirements for 2014 earn an incentive payment while those who don’t face a penalty on all Medicare Part B physician fee schedule services provided in 2016. For questions, please contact the Quality Net Help Desk at 866-288-8912 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Central Time.
– Kent Moore, Senior Strategist for Physician Payment for the American Academy of Family Physicians
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