CMS PQRS Deadline Extended to October 18

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10/15/13
The Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) provides incentives for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) as well as physicians and other Medicare clinicians to report on clinical quality measures by providing payment incentives. Those incentives are based on a percentage of the total estimated Part B Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) allowed charges for services provided during the reporting period.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has extend the registration period for PQRS administrative claims-based reporting option and the PQRS Group Practice Reporting Option (GPRO) to October 18, 2013 to allow providers additional time to register for 2013.

Please note: a PV-PQRS IACS account is required to register, and it can take time to get approval for that IACS role, so it is important to start today.

Providers across the United States are participating in the CMS PQRS program. PQRS is a reporting program that uses incentive payments and payment adjustments to promote reporting of quality information. Incentive payments for PQRS continue through the 2014 program year, and payment adjustments begin in 2015, and are based on 2013 reporting.

October 18, 2013 marks a major milestone for the PQRS program. This day is the:

  • Last day for individuals and groups participating in the Group Practice Reporting Option (GPRO) to elect to participate in the administrative claims-based reporting mechanism to avoid a payment adjustment in 2015; and
  • Last day for groups to register to participate in GPRO for the 2013 PQRS program year via Web Interface or registry reporting.

Helpful Resources to learn more about PQRS and how to avoid the 2015 PQRS payment adjustment, your members can review these helpful resources:

CMS PQRS materials and resources:

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