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What you need to know about PQRS

PQRS was originally known as PQRI. Since 2010 providers could bill codes to Medicare to indicate that they had performed quality measures specific to their specialty during patient encounters. Providers that didn't provide qualifying data in 2013 are penalized 1.5% of their Medicare payments in 2015. Providers that didn't provide qualifying data in 2014 can still qualify through a 3rd party website until February 28 at a cost of $299 per provider to avoid the 2% penalty to be assessed in 2016. For 2015 providers can qualify for PQRS automatically by attesting to meaningful use Stage 2 in January of 2016. This will prevent the 2017 penalty. To learn more about PQRS go to the newsletter archiv