What you need to know about PQRSUntil now, PQRS was a CMS incentive program that was overshadowed by Meaningful Use, and so many providers paid no attention to it. But for 2015, the stakes are changing—you will now be subject to not one, but two payment adjustments if you do not report successfully. Make sure you’re up to speed on PQRS—take our short quiz and see if you know what you need to do to avoid penalties.

Quiz: Know More About Your PQRS in 2015

1. When does reporting for the 2015 PQRS program year end for group practices and individuals?

A. March 31, 2015
B. December 31, 2015
C. November 30, 2015
D. December 31, 2016

2. If you are reporting for PQRS via the EHR reporting method, what requirements will your EHR need to meet in order for you to report successfully?

A. 2014 Meaningful Use certified
B. Certified to the June 2013 version of the eCQMs (electronic Clinical Quality Measures)
C. Able to produce a QRDA file with your data at the end of the reporting period
D. All of the above

3. Why is it especially important to report successfully for PQRS in 2015?

A. To receive the PQRS incentive
B. To avoid the PQRS payment adjustment from CMS
C. To avoid the Value-Based Modifier payment adjustment from CMS
D. In 2015, CMS will publicly report 2014 PQRS performance data for individual physicians and/or physician groups, potentially affecting your flow of new patients
E. All of the above except C
F. All of the above except A

4. How many measures must you report for PQRS using EHR reporting?

A. At least 5 measures covering a minimum of 3 National Quality Strategy domains
B. At least 9 measures covering a minimum of 3 National Quality Strategy domains
C. At least 6 measures covering a minimum of 1 National Quality Strategy domains
D. None of the above

5. What if you can’t find enough Clinical Quality Measures to report on that are appropriate for your specialty?

A. You can file for a hardship exception
B. CMS will perform a measure-applicability validation (MAV) to verify that no additional measures were available to you
C. If CMS finds additional measures you should have reported on, you will simply be advised to report on those measures in 2015
D. If CMS finds additional measures you should have reported on, you will be subject to the 2016 payment adjustment.
E. All of the above except A & C
F. All of the above except D

6. Resources for additional information on PQRS include:

A. 10 Things You Should Know About PQRS for 2014 (free infographic)
B. Podiatrists’ Guide to Reporting for PQRS
C. Physician Quality Reporting System – CMS
D. PQRS Listserv – CMS
E. Insider’s Guide to Getting Paid for Meaningful Use and PQRS: What You Need to Know About 2014 Clinical Quality Measures
F. PQRS: What You Need to Know and How to Report (free webinar)
G. All of the above

Answers:

  1. B–December 31, 2015, is the deadline to report for the 2015 PQRS program year for group practices and individuals.
  2. D—All of the items listed are required if you are reporting for PQRS via the EHR reporting method.
  3. F—All of the reasons listed except A, “To receive the PQRS incentive,” are why you need to report successfully for PQRS in 2015.
  4. B—You must report successfully for at least 9 measures covering a minimum of 3 National Quality Strategy domains
  5. E—All of the results listed except A & C will occur if you don’t report on enough Clinical Quality Measures.
  6. G–All of the resources listed will provide you with information on PQRS reporting.

If you didn’t answer at least 4 of these questions correctly, you need to join us for our upcoming webinar, PQRS: What You Need to Know and How to Report. You’ll learn about the requirements for reporting from other physicians, and will have a chance to ask your questions.