Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS)
Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS – Formerly known as the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative or PQRI) - Established by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), PQRS uses a combination of incentive payments and downward payment adjustments (penalties) to promote reporting of quality information by eligible professionals. However, the financial incentive (available to eligible professionals who satisfactorily report data on certain quality measures for Medicare Part B services paid under the physician fee schedule) will sunset after 2014. Additionally, CMS is mandated to apply a payment adjustment (penalty) beginning in 2015 (based on data reported in 2013) to those eligible professionals who do not satisfactorily report (or do not report) data on quality measures for covered professional services. This annual assessment will continue indefinitely, using data from the calendar year two years prior. That is, the payment adjustment (penalty) in 2016 is based on reporting year 2014.
- Mastering the Basics of PQRS (PQRS Instructional Materials) – Updated for 2014, this online tutorial (available to AUA members only) will assist urologists and members of their care team to understand and carry out the mechanics of PQRS reporting. If you are new to PQRS, the detailed material will help you get started by explaining reporting options and recommended measures among other features; if you have reported previously, this will help improve your reporting. You may move through the information at your own pace and return as often as you need. Take the short module quizzes to test your knowledge of what you have learned and ensure that you successfully report.
- PQRS Toolkit
- PQRSwizard – Learn how this instructional webinar will help you get started. If you are an American Urological Association (AUA) member or a Practice Managers’ Network subscriber, you can log in to the group discount programs page to sign up and start using this valuable tool today. If you are not an AUA member, learn how to join and access this useful registry tool!
- AUA Comment Letter on Core Measure Set for Urologists April 16, 2014 | PDF
- AUA Recommended Measures for Measure Core Set April 16, 2014 | Excel