TMA's PQRS Endorsements Discontinued

In 2011, TMA endorsed two online registries for Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) submissions: PQRSwizard and DocSite (now Covisint PQRS). Both are qualified PQRS registries and are the top two most used electronic health record (EHR)-agnostic registries operating in the market. TMA members received a significant discount on reporting done through one of these registries as a benefit of membership.

The Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS) has introduced the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), which will incorporate new criteria and benchmarks for quality reporting. Currently, 100 PQRS qualified registries and 50 qualified clinical data registries (QCDRs) are certified to submit data on quality measures to CMS for these purposes. However, as with EHR vendors, these certifications, as well as functionalities for each product, are constantly changing. 

As the PQRS mandate from CMS has shifted from offering incentives for submissions to levying penalties for unsatisfactory reporting on PQRS measures, it has become more important for TMA to be cognizant of the potential pitfalls related to the reporting process, rather than to endorse these types of vendors. For those reasons, TMA physician leaders have elected to discontinue endorsement of both PQRSwizard and Covisint PQRS following the 2015 reporting period, which ended in March 2016. 

In lieu of endorsement, TMA will continue to inform members about the quality and value-based reporting options available to Texas physicians. TMA also will continue to develop education and services that help guide physicians' decisionmaking when choosing a PQRS, MIPS, or other vendor to comply with Medicare mandates. Visit TMA's PQRS Resource Center for PQRS information and updates.

Current users of PQRSwizard and Covisint PQRS should contact those vendors directly for information on pricing and availability of services for the 2016 reporting period.

View a full listing of PQRS qualified registries and QCDRs.

Action, April 1, 2016

Last Updated On

May 13, 2016

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