This year, participating health care professionals can receive a 0.5 percent incentive payment for Medicare services furnished during this reporting period. Also, a six month reporting period has been added to the 12 month reporting period for PQRS. This period began on July 1 and will end December 31. To be eligible for the incentive during the 6 month period, eligible professionals must report on one measure group for at least 80 percent of applicable Medicare patients (approximately eight or more patients). The requirements for the 12 month reporting period have remained the same.
Those reporting via registry or through EHR should coordinate with their vendors to bring their 2012 PQRS measure data to CMS in early 2013.