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CMS Issues Two Notices for PQRS, Meaningful Use Reporting

CMS issued a pair of notices pertaining to common PQRS reporting mistakes and 2017 payment adjustments tied to 2015 meaningful use reporting.

PQRS and meaningful use reporting

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By Kyle Murphy, PhD

- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued two important notices this week, one to assist providers with PQRS reporting and the other for providers to contest payment adjustments related to 2015 meaningful use reporting.

First, the federal agency notified eligible professionals of the upcoming deadline for contesting 2017 Medicare payment adjustments, which are the result of a failure to satisfy requirements for 2015 meaningful use reporting:

Second, CMS shared findings from a review of the 2015 performance period for EPs in the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS). In the notice issued Thursday, the federal agency provided two tips based on common errors found in the review:

Both programs required certified EHR technology in order to submit reporting data electronically. Earlier this month, CMS extended the deadline for 2016 PQRS reporting and meaningful use attestation from February 28 to March 13.

The previous year was the last for both programs which the Merit-based Incentive Payment System as part of the Quality Payment Program which MACRA implementation laid the groundwork for.

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