CMS Extends PQRS Registration Deadline for Three Days

Physicians have three more days to register for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and avoid a 1-percent cut in Medicare payments. The American Medical Association says it convinced the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to extend the registration deadline from Oct. 15 to Oct. 18 because several hundred large-group practices were threatened with fee cuts. 

 CMS says the deadline extension applies to individual physicians and group practices of all sizes.

AMA says it is working for a longer extension, but the government shutdown may prevent it.

Individual physicians can register here; group practices can register here.

The TMA website has more information on PQRS.  

The Affordable Care Act requires CMS to apply a value-based modifier (VBM) to all physicians' Medicare payments by 2017 and to some physicians' payments starting in 2015. AMA says CMS intends to apply a 1-percent VBM penalty to the Medicare payments of physicians in groups of 100 or more that did not participate in PQRS in 2013. This VBM penalty would be in addition to another 1.5-percent penalty that would apply to all physicians who did not participate in PQRS either as an individual or as part of a group.  

AMA says the help desk telephone number listed in error messages on the PQRS registration portal is incorrect. Instead, call the PV-PQRS Help Desk at (888) 734-6433, option 3, for questions about registration. You may also contact CMS' QualityNet Help Desk at (866) 288-8912.  

Action, Oct. 15, 2013