|Practices have until June 30 to register for PQRS GPRO|
Time is running out for group practices to register to participate in the 2015 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) Group Practice Reporting Option (GPRO). PQRS GPRO is an option available to groups with two or more eligible professionals. Alternatively, eligible professionals can participate in PQRS as individuals. Eligible professionals, either individually or through the GPRO, must satisfactorily participate in PQRS to avoid a -2.0 percent payment adjustment in 2017. More information is available on the PQRS Payment Adjustment Information web page.
Physicians in groups of all sizes and physician solo practitioners are also subject to the Value Modifier in 2017, based on performance in 2015. Under the Value Modifier, these physicians and groups must meet PQRS criteria to avoid an additional automatic downward adjustment (-2.0% or -4.0% depending on the group’s size). See What Physicians Need to do in 2015 for the 2017 VM on the Value Modifier web page for more information.
Groups can participate in the PQRS program for the 2015 performance period by selecting one of the GPRO reporting mechanisms by June 30, 2015, at 11:59pm ET:
The GPRO Registration System can be accessed using a valid Individuals Authorized Access to the CMS Computer Services (IACS) account. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) strongly encourages groups to obtain an IACS account and register by June 26, since registration will close on June 30, 2015. Instructions for obtaining an IACS account with the correct role are provided on the PQRS GPRO Registration web page. Instructions for registering to participate in the 2015 PQRS GPRO are provided in the 2015 PQRS GPRO Registration Guide.
When urgent care centers are deciding whether to participate in PQRS as a group or to have their eligible professionals participate individually, UCAOA urges centers to take note of the following important considerations:
Additional Resource: UCAOA members can log in to purchase for FREE the recorded webinar 2015 PQRS Requirements: How to Avoid the PQRS Penalty in 2017.