On June 18 at 1:30pm EDT, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will help physicians understand how to avoid payment penalties in the Medicare quality and ePrescribing (e-Rx) programs. Sign up for the call today. Registration will close at noon EDT on June 18 or when space is full.
Physicians must meet requirements for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2013 to avoid a 1.5 percent reduction in Medicare payments in 2015. A number of reporting options are possible for physicians as individuals or as group practices, including paper claims, registries and electronic health records. Two simplified reporting options are available for physicians who wish to avoid the 2015 penalty: reporting only a single measure or measure group and reporting via administrative claims. Reporting through these options, however, will not qualify physicians for an incentive payment.
In addition, just a few weeks remain to avoid a two percent penalty in 2014 for physicians who do not meet the Medicare e-Rx program's requirements this year. While CMS will automatically evaluate whether physicians qualify for a limited set of exemption categories tied to the Medicare electronic health record meaningful use program, physicians may also request a hardship exemption through the agency's quality reporting communication support web page by June 30.
Visit CMS's Web page on payment adjustment information to learn more about the 2014 payment penalty.
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