In 2015, physicians in groups of 100 or more eligible professionals who submit claims to Medicare under a single tax identification number will be subject to the value modifier, based on their performance in calendar year 2013. They will need to choose one of three Physician Quality and Reporting System (PQRS) group reporting methods. The PQRS, formerly known as the Physician Quality and Reporting Index, is a way for health care professionals to participate in a voluntary quality reporting program. The three methods are via: 1) web-based group reporting; 2) a registry; or 3) a request to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to calculate the group???s performance on performance measures from administrative claims. Providers that report can avoid a negative 1 percen value-modifier adjustment to their 2015 payments under the physician pay schedule.
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