Physicians and other eligible professionals (EPs) who successfully participate in the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2013 will receive an incentive payment of 0.5 percent of the total allowed Medicare covered charges for the year. While PQRS reporting still is voluntary, physicians and other EPs who do not successfully report PQRS measures in 2013 will incur a 1.5 percent penalty in their 2015 Medicare reimbursements.
In addition, groups of two or more physicians or EPs that wish to participate in the 2013 PQRS Group Practice Reporting Option (GPRO) must self-nominate with the PV-PQRS (Physician Value-Physician Quality Reporting System) Registration System by October 15. Groups with 100 or more EPs that participate in quality reporting can avoid a Value-Based Payment Modifier downward payment adjustment in 2015 by satisfactorily reporting PQRS under the GPRO program.
Physicians and other EPs have several other options for reporting methods and vendors, and CMS has created an implementation guide to help physicians and EPs choose the method that is most appropriate. Reporting PQRS measures via claims, however, may not be available after this year because the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule eliminates that option.
To make reporting easier, the Society continues to partner with CECity to offer the PQRSwizard —an online tool to help physicians and other EPs quickly and easily participate in the PQRS and the electronic prescription (eRx) incentive program. A new layout for the PQRSwizard provides additional exposure to the different reporting options.
The PQRSwizard is a fast, convenient and cost-effective online tool to help collect and report quality measure data for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Similar to online tax preparation software, the PQRSwizard guides users through a few easy steps to help rapidly collect, validate, report and submit the results to CMS for payment.
The PQRSwizard is a CMS-qualified registry for PQRS reporting and has a 99.5 percent success rate. Through PQRSwizard, physicians and other EPs can report individual or group measures, or report via the GPRO option. For more information and to obtain a free estimate, click here.
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