Participate in the 2013 PQRS or Face a Penalty in 2015!
Register now to participate in the 2013 AOA Clinical Assessment Program (CAP) for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) to earn a potential bonus incentive and avoid a penalty in 2015. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has updated the PQRS program this year, so reporting the group measure option through a registry is easier than in years past.
2013 PQRS Changes
You only need to report on 20 patients from visit dates ranging between Jan. 1, 2013- Dec. 31, 2013.
Only 11 out of the 20 patients must be Medicare Part B patients. The other nine patients may be any other payer.
You must use your individual national provider identifier (NPI) for the AOA CAP for PQRS program. Failure to use your correct NPI or tax identification number (TIN) will prohibit you from receiving a bonus incentive and you will also face a 1.5% penalty in 2015.
Should You Participate in the AOA CAP for PQRS?
Before you enroll in the AOA CAP for PQRS, consider these questions:
If so, you will not be able to report PQRS using a registry. Please contact your ACO representative for more information.
If so, you don't need to participate in CAP for PQRS; you've already fulfilled the PQRS reporting requirement, so there's no need to submit your data a second time.
If you do, find out whether your EHR system can submit PQRS data for you. If it can and you decide to use this functionality, you don't need to participate in the CAP for PQRS.
How to Participate in the AOA CAP for PQRS
You will need a few things to get started:
Your AOA ID and password to log in.
Your individual, personal national provider identifier (NPI) and your tax identification number (TIN) that you use when you bill Medicare.
Credit card for payment.
The AOA developed the CAP for PQRS to provide physicians with an opportunity to receive enhanced payment from CMS and understand how patients are doing using evidence-based process and outcome measures.
Eligible professionals can only choose to participate in one measure group per reporting year, and there is only potential to receive one bonus incentive per reporting year. CMS has expanded the number of measure groups to 22, which greatly expands your opportunity to participate in the program. The AOA CAP for PQRS offers all 22. Please note that there are changes and updates to some of the measure groups this year.
In addition to the measure group option, we are offering the individual measure reporting option. There are 27 measure sets from which to choose. You must select at least three measures from one measure set and report 80% of your Medicare Part B patients that meet each of the three measures.
Requirements and Deadlines
CMS requires all registries to conduct audits of participant data.
Please make sure that you keep track of your patient charts and match them with their computer-generated Patient Identifier numbers. This is the approximately eight-digit number that is automatically populated in the system when you add a new patient to the program.
We suggest you keep a list in an Excel file for easy access and also record this number in the patient chart.
All data during the reporting period for 2013 must be submitted by Jan. 31, 2014, 5 p.m. EST, to be eligible for the PQRS bonus payment.
CMS payments for PQRS 2013 will be made in the fall of 2014.
The AOA CAP for PQRS reserves the right to accept or decline any request for a refund. If you feel that a refund is due, please contact AOA CAP for PQRS at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to Jan. 31, 2014, at 5 p.m. EST. Include the following information: your name, an email address you would like the confirmation sent to, and reason for refund. A confirmation email will be sent with information related to your refund, including whether such a refund has been approved. The amount to be refunded in the case where the refund has been approved will incur a $25 processing fee.