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Physician Quality Reporting System

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has continued the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) since its enactment in the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPPA). PQRS was the first CMS national program to link the reporting of quality data to physician payment. There are no longer incentive payments being offered for those eligible professionals who successfully participate and the program has now moved into a penalty-only phase. Regulations for the PQRS program are updated annually in the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) rule.

Introduction to PQRS

Surgeon’s Guide to Understanding the Physician Quality Reporting System

Bulletin Articles about PQRS

Benefits of PQRS Participation and what the College is doing on your behalf
What surgeons should know about... PQRS reporting in 2014
Update: PQRS reporting of the perioperative care measures group
What surgeons should know about... PQRS reporting in 2013

PQRS Eligibility Criteria

Definition of Eligible Provider

CMS PQRS Implementation Guide

2015 - Coming Soon
2014

2013

PQRS Measure List

2015
2014
2013

Regulatory

PQRS-Related Final Rules

2015 MPFS Final Rule
2014 MPFS Final Rule
2013 MPFS Final Rule

ACS Comment Letters

2015 ACS Comment Letter to MPFS Final Rule
2014 ACS Comment Letter to MPFS Final Rule
2013 ACS Comment Letter to MPFS Final Rule

CMS PQRS Experience Reports

2011 PQRS Experience Report
2010 PQRS Experience Report

Additional Resources

CMS QualityNet
CMS QualityNet Help Desk: 1-866-288-8912
E-mail: qnetsupport@sdps.org

For further information, please contact Sana Gokak at sgokak@facs.org.