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PQRS Reporting Changes and How MNCM Can Help

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released 2014 reporting requirements for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS). MN Community Measurement has helped Minnesota providers meet these and other federal reporting requirements for more than five years.

PQRS is a reporting program led by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services which uses a combination of incentive payments and payment adjustments to promote reporting of quality information by health care providers. PQRS reporting requirements change annually which can make them challenging for clinics and medical groups to track.

And that’s where MNCM’s PQRS reporting program can help. Our program, which is conducted in partnership with the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality, will support your clinic in understanding which requirements are applicable to your practice and how best to meet them.

Notable changes to the PQRS program for 2014 include:

  • Increased alignment between PQRS and e-CQMs: This year, CMS aligned the e-clinical quality measures (e-CQMs) for PQRS and stage 2 Meaningful Use to ease some of the reporting burden on providers. That means if your clinic participates in MNCM’s PQRS reporting program this year, your providers will also get credit for submitting e-CQMs for stage 2 of Meaningful Use.
  • Transition to Payment Adjustment: The PQRS program is beginning the transition from an incentive program to a payment adjustment, or penalty, program. By successfully participating in PQRS during 2014, your clinic would receive an incentive payment of .5% of your overall Medicare FFS charges and avoid a 2% payment adjustment to your FFS charges in 2016.

If you are interested in participating in MNCM’s PQRS reporting program this year, please email support@mncm.org.