2014 is the last year eligible professionals can earn an incentive for satisfactorily reporting PQRS quality data to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Meanwhile, physicians and other eligible professionals have until March 13 to submit their 2013 PQRS data through the registry PQRSwizard to avoid a 1.5 percent penalty in 2015 and earn a 0.5 percent incentive in 2014.
The Wisconsin Medical Society and CMS have resources available to assist those planning to use claims or registry-based reporting. Click here for more information on 2013 reporting, and get ready for 2014 reporting by reviewing the following resources available on CMS’s website:
- 2014 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) Implementation Guide: Includes 2014 PQRS Measures Implementation Guide and Measures List documents.
- 2014 PQRS Individual Claims Registry Measure Specification Supporting Documents: Includes Measure Specifications Manual for Claims and Registry Reporting of Individual Measures, Measure Specification Release Notes, Quality-Data Code (QDC) Categories, and Single Source Code Master documents.
- 2014 PQRS Measure Groups Specifications, Release Notes, Getting Started with 2014 PQRS Measures Groups, 2014 Quality-Data Code Categories, and 2014 PQRS Measures Groups Single Source Code Master: Includes Measures Groups Specifications Manual, Measures Groups Release Notes, Getting Started with Measures Groups, Quality-Data Code (QDC) Categories, and Measures Groups Single Source Code Master documents.
CMS encourages physicians to consider the following when selecting measures for 2014 reporting:
- Clinical conditions you treat most often.
- Type(s) of care you typically provide – e.g., preventive, chronic, acute.
- Setting(s) where you usually deliver care – e.g., office, emergency department, surgical suite.
- Quality improvement goals you have planned for 2014.
- Additional quality reporting programs you are using or considering.
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