The Physician Value-Physician Quality Reporting System (PV-PQRS) Registration System is open for authorized representatives of group practices to register to participate in the PQRS Group Practice Reporting Option (GPRO CMS) for CY 2014 via Qualified PQRS Registry, Electronic Health Record Incentive Program (EHR)or Web Interface (limited to groups with 25 or more eligible professionals (EPs) only). In general, if a group practice has 25 or more EPs, then the group can elect to supplement its PQRS reporting mechanism with the Consumer Assessment of Health Providers and Systems (CAHPS) for PQRS survey. However, if the group practice has 100 or more EPs and has selected the Web Interface reporting mechanism for 2014, then the group is required to report the CAHPS for PQRS survey. Group practices that have elected or are required to report the CAHPS for PQRS survey may choose to include their performance on the 2014 CAHPS for PQRS survey in the calculation of the group’s 2016 Value-Based Payment Modifier (VM). If a group does not register to participate through the PQRS GPRO CMS will calculate a group quality score for the 2016 VM if at least 50 percent of the eligible professionals within the group report measures individually and meet the criteria to avoid the 2016 PQRS payment adjustment. The group does not have to register for this 50% threshold option.
Group practices of 10 or more EPs who don’t participate in PQRS in 2014, either as a group or by having at least 50% EPs reporting as individuals, will be subject to a -2% VM downward payment adjustment in 2016.
The PV-PQRS Registration System will close on September 30, 2014. Access the PV-PQRS Registration System at https://portal.cms.gov using a valid Individuals Authorized Access to the CMS Computer Services (IACS) User ID and password.