PQRS Reporting in 2014
Written by Meghann Dugan-Haas, Director of Federal and Regulatory Affairs   
Monday, March 31, 2014 12:00 AM

The 2014 reporting period (Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2014) is the last opportunity providers have to earn an incentive payment for participating in the PQRS program. If you have never participated in PQRS, you may not know where to begin. For those doctors of chiropractic who are continuing their participation in PQRS in 2014, please be advised that significant updates and revisions have been made to the PQRS Measures applicable to chiropractic practices. To assist the profession with the proper implementation of PQRS reporting, ACA has developed the 2014 PQRS Guidebook - This resource was created specifically with the chiropractic practice in mind. ACA researched all of the 2014 regulations and measure specifications, identified the information that DCs need to know, and compiled that information into this succinct and efficient resource.

Providers who successfully perform and satisfactorily report data to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding quality measures related to their Medicare Part B patients can qualify to earn an incentive payment equal to 0.5% of their total estimated Medicare Part B Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) allowed charges for covered professional services furnished during that same reporting period. Conversely, in 2012, CMS ruled that providers, who are not successfully/satisfactorily participating in PQRS by the 2013 reporting period (Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2013) and beyond, will have their Medicare reimbursement decreased by 1.5 percent beginning in 2015. In 2016, the payment decrease will be 2% and will be based upon whether a provider successfully participated during the 2014 reporting period (Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2014).
 
We encourage all DCs to visit the ACA's PQRS webpage to learn more about the program and how to avoid a 2 percent decrease in Medicare reimbursement. If you have questions, contact us at Medicare@acatoday.org.

Source:  ACA: In Touch - March 2014