CMS Communication on PQRS Reporting
Are you interested in submitting your PQRS quality measures using the EHR Reporting method? Resources for 2014 participation are now available for individual eligible professionals and group practices that wish to report using this option.
EHR Reporting Methods
If using electronic health records (EHRs) for PQRS participation, eligible professionals must ensure they are using 2014 certified EHR technology (CEHRT), in accordance with the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs Certified Health IT Product List.
Individual EPs and group practices have the following EHR-based reporting options:
- Submit PQRS quality measure data directly from the CEHRT.
- Submit PQRS quality measure data extracted from their CEHRT to a qualified Data Submission Vendor.
Direct CEHRT Reporting
To submit quality measure data directly from their own EHR, eligible professionals and groups need to verify that their EHR vendor’s product meets 2014 certification criteria.
CEHRT Reporting Through a Data Submission Vendor
Data Submission Vendors are responsible for submitting PQRS measures data from an eligible professional or group practice’s CEHRT to CMS via CMS specified format(s) on behalf of the eligible professional or the group practice for the program year.
PQRS and the EHR Incentive Program
Eligible professionals who are also eligible for the Medicare EHR Incentive Programs can submit their clinical quality measures (CQMs) through the PQRS EHR reporting options to fulfill the CQMs requirements for both PQRS and the Medicare EHR Incentive Program. Eligible professionals would still need to meet the additional reporting requirements of the EHR Incentive Programs.
PQRS EHR reporters must use the June 2013 eCQM measures specifications from the EHR Incentive Program’s eCQM library if choosing this alignment option. There is an exception for CMS140, which is to be reported using the December 2012 version (CMS140v1).To view more information about CQMs, click on this direct link to the EHR Incentive Programs’ eCQM Library.
For More Information
Review the 2014: PQRS EHR Reporting Made Simple fact sheet for an overview of the EHR reporting method for PQRS in 2014. For more information or support for PQRS, please visit the PQRS website or the Help Desk.