Webinar to highlight alternate PQRS reporting measures

Webinar to highlight alternate PQRS reporting measures

There are ways to report quality measures other than claims-based reporting.

The webinar will stress the importance of PQRS participation so that ODs do not lose reimbursement.

An upcoming webinar on the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) will prep AOA members on the various reporting methods available in 2015. The webinar, "2015 PQRS Reporting Methods," will take place at 1 p.m. EST on Feb. 20. AOA members can register for the webinar at this link.

Optometrists and other physicians must successfully participate in PQRS to avoid a 2 percent payment penalty that will be assessed on all Medicare Part B fee for service claims in 2017. Unlike previous years, participants in 2015 will no longer receive bonuses for successful participation.

A previous AOA webinar in December 2014 "detailed the measures required for ODs and how to be successful, but concentrated only on claims-based reporting," the method ODs most commonly use to participate in PQRS, says Rebecca Wartman, O.D., a member of the AOA Third Party Center Coding Committee.

ODs get tutorial on reporting methods
February's webinar will revisit claims-based reporting but also discuss other reporting methods that are available.

These include:

  • Qualified registry reporting

  • Measures group reporting

  • Certified Electronic Health Records (EHR) Reporting

  • Qualified Clinical Data Registry

  • Group practice reporting

ODs should be aware that claims-based reporting might phase out in the near future, Dr. Wartman says.

Methods such as Certified EHR or group reporting have been available but not commonly used, she says. ODs overwhelmed by the changes in quality reporting and meaningful use requirements might not be ready to adapt to yet another change, she offers.

The good news is AOA is developing a clinical registry, which should help in reporting. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has previously said registry-based reporting results in higher reimbursements for PQRS compared to standard paper claims.

Ultimately, the webinar is intended to stress the importance of PQRS participation so that ODs do not lose reimbursement, Dr. Wartman says.

February 10, 2015

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