More about PQRS 2016: What You Need to Know

As we move through the final year of the  Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016, some physicians may be  looking forward to saying goodbye to this program forever. Those sentiments may  be a bit premature. Although the PQRS program in its current form will be  ending, PQRS will continue as part of the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System  (MIPS). (See cover story, "CMS Releases MACRA Proposed Rule). Key components of  the PQRS, the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program, and  the Value Based Payment Modifier (VBPM) serve as the foundation for MIPS and  Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs). Thus, it is important for  physicians and other PQRS-eligible providers to participate in PQRS in 2016—not  just to avoid payment penalties, but to prepare for Medicare payment reform  requirements. The work that physicians put into participating in PQRS now will  not be wasted.

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