February 4, 2016

The Difference Between PQRS Individual EP and Group Practice Reporting

The Physicians Quality Reporting System prior to 2010 only accommodated reporting by individual eligible professionals (EPs) through specified reporting channels. In 2010, through the enforcement of section 1848(m) (3) (C) of the Social Security Act (the Act), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) added a group practice reporting option (GPRO) to the PQRS program that opened the doors for group practices to do their reporting as a group rather than individual EPs. With the addition of the GPRO…

January 19, 2016

How to Select Which PQRS Measures to Report On A Case-By-Case Basis

The EHR Physicians Quality reporting System or PQRS is a pay-to-report incentive program initiated by the CMS under the Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive programs. The program pays qualifying EPs or eligible professionals an incentive equivalent to 0.5% of their total estimated Medicare Part B PFS allowed charges for covered professional services furnished during that same reporting period.However, in order to successfully report measures related to your practice, you must first understand how to pick the measures that best fit…

January 18, 2016

What is the EHR PQRS Incentive Program?

The Physician Quality Reporting System or PQRS incentive program is a program that falls under the wider Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Care Record (EHR) incentive programs. Previously known as the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative or PQRI, the program was conceived as a far-reaching incentive program targeted at eligible professionals, hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) to reward them for the adoption, implementation, upgrading or demonstration of meaningful use of certified EHR technology. The PQRS incentive program has its origins…