Formally called PQRI, nothing much else has changed except the name. This reporting program is designed to promote eligible providers to report on quality information and uses for incentive payments or soon payment adjustments or reductions. PQRS is mandated by federal legislation with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) implementing. Up until now, we have seen a small incentive for participation; however, in 2015, the program begins to apply a payment adjustment, or reduction, to eligible providers who do not satisfactorily report data using the defined quality measures.
Currently, individual providers may choose to report PQRS measures in one of four methods;
- Using Medicare Part B claims
- Using a PQRS reporting registry
- Using a qualified electronic heath record (EHR), or
- Using a qualified PQRS data vendor.
Recently, ABI learned this is the seventh year of this program; and yet, many eligible professionals (EP) continue to not participate. Earning the small .5% incentive payment for 2013 is relatively painless but not doing so now will ensure you will lose money down the road. Failure to report in 2013 will cost you a 1.5% reduction in payments beginning in 2015. Failure to report in 2014 will cost 2.0% in 2016.
The simplest and most widely used method to report the PQRS measures is via claims. Using this method, eligible professionals simply include a 5-digit code on each claim they submit to Medicare. To qualify, the EP must;
- Report at least three PQRS measures, OR
- If fewer than three measures apply, report 1 to 2 measures, AND
- Report each measure on at least 50% of your Medicare Part B claims during the reporting year.
There are four measures applicable to surgical anesthesia;
- Measure #30 Perioperative Care: Timely Administration of Prophylactic Parenteral Antibiotics
- Measure #193 Perioperative Temperature Management
- Measure #76 Prevention of Catheter-Related Bloodstream Infections: CVC Insertion Protocol
- Measure #145 Radiology: Exposure Time Reported for Procedures Using Fluoroscopy
Pain management providers and physicians who do not perform any surgical anesthesia cases can choose from a number of PQRS measures which are primarily reported with evaluation and management services; some of these include, but are not limited to;
- Measure #130 Documentation of current medications in the medical record
- Measure #131 Pain assessment and follow up using a standardized tool to measure pain level and follow up plan
- Measure #128 Preventative Care and Screening; BMI screening
- Measure #226 Preventative Care and Screening; Tobacco Use; Screening and Cessation Intervention
The following measure is for the use of fluoroscopy for pain management:
Measure #145 Radiology: Exposure Time Reported for Procedures Using Fluoroscopy
It is easy to add these measures to all billings. Simply modify the information you provide your billing office with something similar to the following.
If you would like help with a format to report these codes or would like to access a copy of the CMS 2013 PQRS Claims/Registry Measure Specification Manual, please contact Stephanie Kurtz at (316) 281-3710.
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