View ASH's Webinar with and Update on SGR Repeal and Highlights on the Final Medicare Rules for 2014
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released its final 2014 Physician Fee Schedule and Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System rules. ASH hosted a webinar on Wednesday, December 18, at 8:00 p.m. ET, detailing the key issues and impact the final rules will have on hematology. The webinar was hosted by the chair of the ASH Subcommittee on Reimbursement, Samuel Silver, MD, PhD, MACP, with presentations by ASH's policy consultants Ellen Riker and Bernard Patashnik. The webinar will include a Q&A section.
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Physician Quality Reporting System
Register with ASH PQRSPro Registry System by January 31 to Avoid the 1.5 Percent Penalty in 2015
It is not too late for eligible professionals and other practitioners to report quality data using the ASH PQRSPro Registry System. Participants must register their practice with the ASH PQRSPro system by January 31, and report data by February 15, in order to qualify for the 0.5 percent incentive or to avoid the 1.5 percent penalty for the 2013 reporting period.
Deadline for Submitting Quality Data for 2013 Claims-Based or EHR-Based Reporting is February 28, 2014
The deadline for eligible professionals and other practitioners using claims-based or EHR-based reporting is 11:59 p.m. ET on February 28, 2014. CMS recommends submitting claims-based data prior to Febrauary 28 to ensure that it is certified by the deadline. More informationon claims-based and EHR reporting is available on the CMS website. If you have additional questions, please contact QualityNet Help Desk at 866-288-8912 or via email@example.com.
Important Deadlines for Reporting 2013 PQRS Quality Measures
CMS Finalized Policies for the Physician Value-Based Payment Modifier under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule 2014 Final Rule
Tuesday, December 2, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. ET
This presentation will discuss how CMS plans to continue to phase in and expand application of the value-based payment modifier (VM) in 2016 based on performance in 2014. The presentation will also describe how the VM is aligned with the reporting requirements under the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS). A question and answer session will follow the presentation. Continuing education (CE) credit will be available for this call. Register for this call.
2014 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule: Quality Reporting in 2014
Tuesday, December 17, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. ET
This presentation covers program updates to the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS). In particular, this call includes details on how an eligible professional (EP) or group practice can meet the criteria for satisfactory reporting for the 2014 PQRS incentive and 2016 PQRS payment adjustment. In lieu of satisfactory reporting, the call also covers how to meet the criteria for satisfactory participation under the new qualified clinical data registry option, which will be implemented in 2014 as a result of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. In addition to the PQRS, this presentation contains additional program updates to the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program and Physician Compare. A question and answer session follows the presentation. Register for this call.
Current Resources from CMS
2013 PQRS Program Participation Fact Sheet
CMS has released a new fact sheet on participating in the 2013 PQRS program. The PQRS Overview fact sheet outlines information on how to participate in PQRS, as well as steps for selecting quality measures and reporting methods. Eligible professionals can also learn more about incentive payments for satisfactory reporting, payment adjustments beginning in 2015, and how to access and view feedback reports. The fact sheet also provides information on the Maintenance of Certification and Value Based Payment Modifier (VBPM) programs.
Request a Review of 2012 PQRS Participation Results
Eligible professionals (EPs), designated support staff/vendors, and group practices who submitted data for the 2012 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) program can now request to have an informal review of their 2012 PQRS reporting performance.
An informal review may be requested if the feedback report reveals that the EP or group practice did not earn the 2012 PQRS incentive payment when they believe they should have, or when they believe the payment amount was incorrect. Informal review requests will be accepted from November 1, 2013 through February 28, 2014.
In order to request an informal review of 2012 PQRS performance, CMS must receive a valid informal review request via the web-based tool, Quality Reporting Communication Support Page by selecting "Create Informal Review Request."
The ASH PQRSPro Registry System is a tool developed to facilitate the aggregation and submission of quality measure data to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS). View a tutorial on how to report quality data using PQRSPro.
These clinical performance measures are designed for individual quality improvement. Some of the measures may also be appropriate for accountability if appropriate sample sizes and implementation rules are achieved.
The CMS website's PQRS section has numerous useful links and documents.
A slideset on the CY 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) Final Rule as presented by CMS on December 17, 2013.