According to a bulletin issued by CMS, groups have 4 weeks left to register to participate in the 2015 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) Group Practice Reporting Option (GPRO) via the Physician Value - Physician Quality Reporting System (PV-PQRS) Registration System.
PQRS GPRO is available to groups with 2 or more eligible professionals (EPs). Groups must meet the satisfactory reporting criteria through the PQRS GPRO in order to avoid the -2.0% CY 2017 PQRS payment adjustment. More information is available on the PQRS Payment Adjustment Information web page.
Physicians in groups of all sizes and physician solo practitioners are subject to the Value Modifier in 2017, based on performance in 2015. Under the Value Modifier, these physicians and groups must meet the criteria to avoid the downward payment adjustment under PQRS in order to avoid an additional automatic downward adjustment under the Value Modifier and qualify for adjustments based on their quality performance. Satisfactorily reporting via a PQRS GPRO is one of the ways groups can avoid automatic downward adjustments and qualify for performance-based payment incentives under the Value Modifier. See What Physicians Need to do in 2015 for the 2017 VM on the Value Modifier web page for more information.
Groups can participate in the PQRS program for the 2015 performance period by selecting one of the GPRO reporting mechanisms between April 1, 2015, and June 30, 2015, at 11:59pm ET:
- Qualified PQRS Registry.
- Electronic Health Record (EHR) via Direct EHR using Certified EHR Technology (CEHRT) or CEHRT via Data Submission Vendor.
- Web Interface (for groups with 25 or more EPs only).
- Consumer Assessment of Health Providers and Systems (CAHPS) for PQRS Survey via a CMS-certified Survey Vendor (as a supplement to another GPRO reporting mechanism). See CAHPS for PQRS Made Simplefor complete details.
Physician groups with 2 or more EPs that choose not to register, must ensure that at least 50% of the EPs in the group meet the criteria to avoid the 2017 PQRS payment adjustment as individuals in order for the group to avoid the automatic 2017 Value Modifier downward payment adjustment (-2.0% or -4.0% depending on the group’s size).
Instructions for registering to participate in the 2015 PQRS GPRO are provided in the 2015 PQRS GPRO Registration Guide.