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2015 PQRS Reporting Options

2015 Reporting Options Chart - coming soon

Option 1: Claims-Based Reporting Information

PQRS Claims and Registry Individual Measure Specification Manual and Release Notes

2015 PQRS Individual Measure Specifications
2015 PQRS Individual Measure Release Notes
2015 PQRS Individual Measure Single Source Code Master (XLSM)
2015 Quality Data Code Categories
2015 Cross Cutting Measures List

PQRS Flowsheets for Individual Claims-Based Reporting for the Perioperative Care Measures

(PQRS measures #21, #22, and #23)
Note: The individual perioperative measures will only satisfy up to three of the nine required measures and only one of the three required National Quality Strategy domains for the 2015 PQRS incentive. Of the nine measures, one measure must also be from the 2015 cross cutting measures list in order to avoid the 2017 PQRS payment penalty.

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Option 2: Traditional Registry-Based Reporting Information

Traditional registries are CMS approved entities that submit quality data on behalf of eligible professionals. The ACS Surgeon Specific Registry was approved to be a traditional registry in 2014 and has received preliminary CMS approval for reporting in 2015.  CMS has identified a list of the 2015 qualified registries that meet the requirements as outlined by CMS in the 2015 Physician Fee Schedule final rule.

PQRS Registry Measures Group Specification Manual and Release Notes

2015 PQRS Measure Group Getting Started
2015 PQRS Measure Group Specifications Manual
2015 PQRS Measure Group Release Notes
2015 PQRS Measure Group Single Source Code Master (XLSM)
2015 PQRS QDC Categories

PQRS Traditional Registry Individual Measure Specification Manual and Release Notes

2015 PQRS Individual Measure Specifications
2015 PQRS Individual Measure Release Notes
2015 PQRS Individual Measure Single Source Code Master (XLSM)
2015 Quality Data Code Categories

Option 3: Qualified Clinical Data Registry-Based Reporting Information

Qualified Clinical Data Registries (QCDRs) are CMS-approved entities that collect and submit PQRS quality measures data on behalf of eligible professionals.  The reporting requirements differ slightly from that of a traditional registry. The ACS Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program was approved for QCDR reporting in 2014 and has received preliminary CMS approval for reporting in 2015. CMS has identified a list of the QCDRs that will be able to report quality measure data to CMS, on behalf of individual eligible professionals for the 2015 PQRS program year.

Option 4: Electronic Health Record-Based PQRS Reporting

The electronic health record (EHR)-based PQRS reporting allows providers to align reporting between the EHR Incentive Program  and the PQRS program. Review this CMS document on PQRS-EHR reporting for details on how this option can be utilized.