Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Learn about 2013 PQRS and ePrescribing reporting
A conference call at 1:30 p.m. Eastern time March 19, hosted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), aims to help physicians and their practice staff understand the opportunities for simplifying the processes for claims-based reporting under the 2013 Medicare quality and ePrescribing programs.
This 90-minute call will provide an overview of how to participate in the Medicare Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and ePrescribing programs by reporting through claims. Presenters will discuss how to get started, possible reporting scenarios and tips for success. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation.
Sign up today to participate. Registration will close at noon Eastern time the day of the event or when space is full.
Physicians are required to meet requirements for PQRS in 2013 to avoid a 1.5 percent reduction in payments in 2015. A number of reporting options are possible for physicians as individuals or group practices, including paper claims, registries and electronic health records.
Thanks to recommendations made by the AMA to CMS, two simplified reporting options are available for physicians who wish to avoid the 2015 penalty: reporting only a single measure or measure group and reporting via administrative claims. However, reporting through these options will not qualify physicians for an incentive payment.
In addition, a new set of participation tools from the AMA-convened Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement® offers worksheets to help physicians understand dozens of individual quality measures and measures groups that are part of the PQRS. The worksheets also aid physicians in collecting the appropriate information they need to report.
Know the benefits, risks of participating in an HIE
Two new resources from the AMA explain what physicians should know before agreeing to participate in a health information exchange (HIE).
The first resource answers common questions about HIEs, and the second resource explains the specific questions physicians should ask an HIE before committing to participate. By facilitating the electronic exchange of patient health information, HIEs hold the promise of improving quality, safety and efficiency in patient care. But each organization can have a very different structure, data exchange model and selection of services.
Visit the AMA Practice Management Center to access additional resources that can aid physicians in selecting health information technology for their practice.