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.
says the deadline extension applies to individual physicians and group practices
of all sizes.
says it is working for a longer extension, but the government shutdown may
Individual physicians can register here; group practices can register here.
TMA website has more information on PQRS.
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.
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