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PQRS GPRO Registration Extended Until Friday, October 3

Written by Kaitlyn Houseman | October 1, 2014
The PV-PQRS registration system, initially scheduled to close on September 30, 2014, allows group practices to register to participate in the PQRS Group Practice Reporting Option (GPRO) in 2014 via Qualified PQRS Registry, EHR, or Web Interface (for groups with 25 or more eligible professionals (EPs) only). 

Registration Extended: The Physician Value-Physician Quality Reporting System (PV-PQRS) registration system will remain open until Friday, October 3, 2014 11:59 PM EDT and can be accessed at https://portal.cms.gov

In order to register, groups must have an approved IACS account and indicate select their reporting method for the 12-month period. The 2014 PQRS data submission window will be in the first quarter of 2015.  

Additional information about the 2014 GPRO registration and how to register is available on the Self Nomination/Registration page of the Physician Feedback/Value Modifier website.

Participating as a Group Practice
Group practices participating in the GPRO that satisfactorily report data on PQRS measures during the 2014 reporting period (January 1- December 31) are eligible to earn the 0.5% incentive payment and will avoid the -2% 2016 PQRS payment adjustment.

To earn an incentive for the 2014 PQRS program year and avoid the 2016 PQRS payment adjustment, group practices with 2 or more eligible professionals may register to participate in GPRO via:

  • Qualified PQRS registry
  • Directly from EHR using certified EHR technology (CEHRT)
  • CEHRT via data submission vendor

If your group has 25 or more eligible professionals, you can also participate in GPRO via:

  • Web interface (reporting CG CAHPs also required for groups of 100+)
  • CG CAHPS via CMS-certified survey vendor (supplement to other PQRS reporting mechanisms)

Value Modifier
In CY 2016, the Value Modifier will apply to groups of physicians with 10 or more eligible professionals and will be based, in part, on their reporting and performance on quality measures in CY 2014. These groups have two ways to participate in the PQRS in CY 2014 in order to avoid the -2.0 percent Value Modifier payment adjustment in CY 2016: group reporting or individual reporting.

Groups that want to report under the PQRS as a group must register to participate in the PQRS group practice reporting option (GPRO) by September 30, 2014 and report successfully to avoid the CY 2016 PQRS payment adjustment and to avoid the -2.0 percent Value Modifier payment adjustment.

Alternatively, groups that want their EPs to report individually under the PQRS must have at least 50 percent of their EPs report successfully to avoid the -2.0 percent Value Modifier payment adjustment.

Groups between 10 and 99 EPs that satisfactorily report PQRS, could qualify for an upward or neutral payment adjustment in 2016 under the Value Modifier based on their performance on quality and cost measures in 2014. For groups of 100 or more EPs that satisfactorily report PQRS in 2014, the Value Modifier could provide an upward, neutral or downward payment adjustment based on their performance on quality and cost measures in 2016.

For more Information about the Value Modifier, please visit the Value Modifier page on the Physician Feedback/Value Modifier website.

If you have questions about how to register or set up an IACS account please contact the QualityNet Help Desk 1-866-288-8912 or via email at Qnetsupport@hcqis.org from 7AM- 7PM CDT.  

Please note that groups must have an approved IACS account to register for one of the GPRO options.  It can take up to 24 hours for a group to receive approval for their IACS account so groups wishing to register should make sure their IACS accounts are approved as soon as possible.