PQRS (Physician Quality Reporting System) is a reporting program under the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that was created back in 2007. The main goal of the PQRS program is to give participating Eligible Professionals (EPs) the opportunity to assess the quality of care they are providing to their patients. This helps ensure that patients are getting the right type of care, at the right time. As a whole, many have struggled to transition to this new program due to its intimidating requirements and rules. Putting in the effort to educate yourself and your practice on PQRS for 2015 can lead to a more efficient and profitable practice overall.
Just the definition of PQRS can get a bit confusing, so the specifics can really make one's head spin. Even though you already made it out of school, a pop quiz might be just what you need to catch back up with the rest of the PQRS pack. Use this quiz as a way to test your PQRS IQ and gain new knowledge on how to stay updated in 2015.
How Well Do You Know PQRS?
Q1: When does reporting for the 2015 PQRS program year end for group practices and individuals?
A. March 31, 2015
B. December 31, 2015
C. November 30, 2015
D. January 31, 2016
Q2: What does NQS stand for?
A. National Quality Steps
B. National Quality Software
C. National Quality Scale
D. National Quality Strategy
Q3: How long does the payment year lag the reporting year?
A. It doesn't lag
B. 6 Months
C. 1 Year
D. 2 Years
Q4: How many measures must you report on for PQRS using EHR software reporting?
A. At least 5 measures covering a minimum of 3 NQS domains
B. At least 6 measures covering a minimum of 1 NQS domains
C. At least 9 measures covering a minimum of 3 NQS domains
D. None of the aboveQ5: To successfully report, 50% of the EP's Medicare Part B fee-for-service patients seen Jan 1 - December 31, 2015 must be reported. True or False?
Q6: Which of the following is a reporting option for PQRS?
A: Medicare Part B Claims
B. Qualifed Registry
C. Direct Certified EHR
D. All of the above
Q7: PQRS is a requirement for Meaningful Use. True or False?
Q8: What is the payment adjustment for those who did not participate in PQRS in 2014?
Answers: 1) B 2) D 3) D 4) C 5) A 6) D 7) B 8) B
So how did you do? If you aced this quiz then you might already be a PQRS Pro! If not, don't be discouraged, use these articles to jumpstart your education on the subject:
- An Introduction to PQRS
- 2015 - 2016 Timeline: Managing PQRS and Your EHR Workflow
- PQRS Reporting Methods