Get help from TMA and the TMF Health Quality Institute to understand and navigate the Physician Quality Report System (PQRS), and get your reporting done.
Medicare and TMA's endorsed PQRS registries have extended their submission deadlines. Physicians still have time to comply with the reporting requirements for the 2014 PQRS program year. Depending on the reporting method used, submission deadlines vary.
Deadlines for the 2014 PQRS Program Year
What's at Stake?
Failure to report for the 2014 PQRS program year will result in a 2-percent Medicare payment cut in 2016 under PQRS for all physicians, plus another 2-percent cut under the Value-Based Payment Modifier program for group practices with 10 or more eligible professionals (EPs). Refer to this graph to see how PQRS participation affects the value modifier (VM). In 2017, all physicians who participate in fee-for-service Medicare will be subject to PQRS and VM payment adjustments based on data reported for the 2015 PQRS program year.
How TMA Can Help
Physicians who are unable to report through an EHR system and didn't report via the claims-based reporting method should use an online registry. Registry reporting would take a few hours to complete in one sitting, but could be spread out in the two weeks left before the March 13 deadline. It is open to all physicians and group practices of any size. Choose one of TMA's endorsed, cost-effective registries (PQRSwizard or Covisint PQRS) and get a TMA-member discount. Read more about the benefits of registry reporting in the November 2014 issue of Texas Medicine.
Get Free Technical Help With PQRS From TMF
The TMF Health Quality Institute is under contract with Medicare to serve as the state's quality innovation network-quality improvement organization (QIN-QIO). Medicare authorizes and funds the TMF QIN-QIO to help physicians and others at no cost with their quality reporting to advance quality improvement efforts in programs such as meaningful use, PQRS, and VM.
The TMF QIN-QIO provides technical assistance to eligible physicians and physician groups, health care providers, inpatient/outpatient hospital departments, acute care and critical access hospitals, rural hospitals and clinics, inpatient psychiatric facilities, ambulatory surgery centers, and prospective payment system-exempt cancer hospitals.
Create a free website account and join the TMF QIN-QIO Value-Based Improvement and Outcomes Network to learn more about how you and members of your practice or hospital can benefit.
For questions about TMF QIN-QIO services, contact one of their expert consultants:
Project Resource Consultant
For answers to PQRS and VM questions, contact the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) QualityNet Help Desk, Monday through Friday, 7 am to 7 pm CT, by phone, (866) 288-8912, or email. You also can contact the TMA Knowledge Center by phone, (800) 880-7955, or email. For complete details, visit CMS' PQRS and VM webpages.
Action, March 2, 2015