- On Friday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced an extension for EHR data reporting for the 2016 2016 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS).
Eligible professionals, PQRS group practices, qualified clinical data registries, and qualified EHR data submission vendors now have until March 13, 2017, to submit 2016 EHR data via the 2016 Quality Reporting Document Architecture (QRDA). The previous deadline was set for February 28.
EPs must report 2016 EHR data that meet the PQRS requirements for the previous year or face negative Medicare payment adjustments in 2018.
In the announcement, CMS provided a complete list of 2016 data submission deadlines:
March 13, 2017 deadlines:
- EHR Direct or Data Submission Vendor (QRDA I or III) – 1/3/17 - 3/13/17
- Qualified Clinical Data Registries (QRDA III) – 1/3/17 - 3/13/17
March 17, 2017 deadline:
- Web Interface – 1/16/17 - 3/17/17
March 31, 2017 deadlines:
- Qualified Registries (Registry XML) – 1/3/17 - 3/31/17
- QCDRs (QCDR XML) – 1/3/17 - 3/31/17
Last month, the federal agency extended the deadline for electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) reporting for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals participating in the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting and EHR Incentive Programs to March 13 as well.
As CMS Chief Medical Officer and Director of the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality Kate Goodrich said at the time, the extension is part the federal agency’s efforts to address stakeholder concerns.
“We believe that these efforts reflect the commitment of CMS to create a health information technology infrastructure that elevates patient-centered care, improves health outcomes, and supports the healthcare providers who care for patients,” she wrote (via The CMS Blog). “We continuously strive to work in partnership with hospitals and the provider community to improve quality of care and health outcomes of patients, reduce cost, and increase access to care.”
Late last year, CMS officially released the final rule for the Quality Payment Program as part of MACRA implementation. Of the program’s two pathways for eligible clinicians to avoid negative payment adjustments, the Merit-based Incentive Payment System replaces the EHR Incentive Programs, Physician Value-based Payment Modifier System, and PQRS beginning in 2017.
Payment adjustments for the new program will take effect beginning in 2019. However, the federal agency has given QPP eligible clinicians flexibility in the first year of MIPs and Advance Alternative Payment Models by allowing participants to pick their own pace in 2017.