The Physician Value-Physician Quality Reporting System (PV-PQRS) registration system is open through June 30. This registration applies to group practices with two or more eligible professionals (EPs) interested in participating in the 2015 PQRS program year under the group practice reporting option (GPRO).
According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), physician groups of all sizes and physician solo practitioners will be subject to payment adjustments in 2017 based on quality and cost performance in 2015. Failure to report data on quality measures to Medicare for the 2015 PQRS program year will result in an automatic 2-percent pay cut under PQRS, plus another automatic 2-percent to 4-percent pay cut under Medicare's Value-Based Payment Modifier program, all in 2017. The payment adjustments will apply to all Part B covered professional services under the Medicare physician fee schedule.
To access the PV-PQRS registration system, you will need to obtain an Individuals Authorized Access to the CMS Computer Services (IACS) account. It takes at least 24 hours for CMS to process an IACS account request. This step should be completed now or as soon as possible to avoid last-minute delays before the deadline.
To determine if the GPRO is right for your practice, visit the GPRO webpage. To learn about the registration process, review the 2015 PQRS GPRO Registration Guide or visit the PQRS GPRO Registration webpage. Group practices that previously reported under the GPRO and plan on reporting PQRS data again via GPRO must register every year. If you plan to report your data on quality measures as an individual EP and not under the GPRO, you do not need to sign up or register anywhere to participate in the 2015 PQRS program year.
If you are not sure where to begin for the 2015 PQRS program year or do not know which reporting mechanism to select, visit the CMS How To Get Started webpage. And watch this CMS video presentation for an overview of PQRS and to learn how your participation in PQRS in 2015 will determine how the value modifier will be applied to physicians' payment in 2017.
For free consulting services on Medicare's quality reporting programs, turn to the TMF Quality Innovation Network Quality Improvement Organization, an offshoot of the TMF Health Quality Institute. Under contract with Medicare, TMF has created several educational networks you can join:
Stay informed about the latest PQRS news by subscribing to the PQRS listserv. For questions, contact the 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.
Action, June 15, 2015
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May 13, 2016