If you are an eligible professional or group practice participating in PQRS, CMS wants to make sure you are prepared for the many important program milestones that are approaching. To help you navigate these program deadlines, CMS has released a new PQRS interactive timeline that will help you identify key program dates for PQRS between 2014 and 2016, and direct you to related resources.
Eligible Professionals (EPs) are encouraged to join the next CMS eHealth webinar on milestones for 2014 eHealth programs, which will be held on Thursday, December 5th from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. ET. The webinar will help you prepare for major eHealth deadlines, transition milestones and benchmarks in 2014. CMS experts will present on eHealth programs including the EHR Incentive Programs, ICD-10, and the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS).
In order to allow for adequate time for providers to upgrade to 2014 Certified EHR technology, CMS is permitting this one-time three-month reporting period in 2014 for eligible hospitals and eligible providers. Eligible Hopsitals have until July 1, 2014 and Eligible Providers have until October 1, 2014 to begin their three month reporting period with 2014 Edition software. Therefore, some providers will be able to achieve Meaningful Use in the first quarter, rather than the last, and receive incentives earlier.
CMS released a new resource that will help you as a health care professional determine your eligibility for eHealth programs. The tool outlines eligibility for eHealth programs based on your area of practice.
CMS posted a new interactive timeline that highlights key 2013 and 2014 milestones for its eHealth programs. The timeline helps you identify key program dates and corresponding required actions, as well as resources to help you complete each milestone.
Providers are encouraged to join the next CMS eHealth webinar, which will be held on Wednesday, September 11th from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. ET. The webinar is titled, “2013 PQRS Program: What Providers Need to Know about Upcoming PQRS Deadlines.” CMS experts will focus on upcoming deadlines for the 2013 PQRS and Value Based Payment Modifier programs, with topics including the following:
CMS has released a new fact sheet on how to participate in the 2013 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Pilot Program. The PQRS-Medicare EHR Incentive Pilot Program allows eligible professionals to meet the clinical quality measure (CQM) reporting requirements for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program while also reporting for thePQRS program by submitting their CQM data electronically.
A significant deadline for the Medicare eRx Incentive Program is fast approaching. This June 30, 2013 deadline affects any provider who submits Medicare Part B Fee for Service (FFS) claims. Act now to ensure that you avoid the 2.0% payment adjustment (penalty) that would be imposed in 2014.
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.
This article provides information on the 2015 PQRS payment adjustment and guidance on how individual eligible professionals and group practices can avoid the 2015 PQRS payment adjustment. Information provided in this article is based on the 2013 Medicare PFS Final Rule.
This article focuses on the PQRS payment adjustment and does not provide guidance for Value-Based Payment Modifier upward adjustment or payment adjustments from other Medicare sponsored programs. See the Additional Information section below for links to the CMS Value-Based Payment Modifier website, and the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program website.