Providers who treat Medicare patients and bill for Part B services on the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) may be eligible for two incentive programs at CMS: the Medicare EHR Incentive Program and the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) program. CMS encourages you to read more to learn about the opportunity to participate in both.
The Medicare EHR Incentive Program provides incentive payments to eligible professionals (EPs) that successfully demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology.
PQRS is a reporting program that provides incentive payments to promote reporting of quality information by EPs.
EPs who successfully participate in PQRS and EHR can receive an incentive in 2013 and avoid the 2015 payment adjustment for both programs.
To successfully demonstrate meaningful use for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program, EPs are required to report clinical quality measures (CQMs) as well as meaningful use measures. In 2013, EPs may satisfy the meaningful use objective to report CQMs to CMS by reporting them through:
In 2014, the PQRS and EHR programs have overlapping participation guidelines, including the same quality measures, the same reporting criteria, and the option to use the same reporting mechanism. The goal of this “alignment” is to simplify participation in both programs.
Here are some key considerations for PQRS and EHR alignment in 2014:
We hope you will take action and participate in both programs this year. To learn more about PQRS and EHR, schedule a free consult with a GroupOne expert today.