Get a Few More Weeks to Submit for PQRS By Enrolling in AGA DHRP

January 30, 2014

CMS ruled that providers not successfully participating in the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) by the 2013 reporting period will have their Medicare reimbursement decreased by 1.5 percent in 2015 and 2 percent in 2016. To avoid these penalties, Feb. 28, 2014, is the last day to submit data via EHR or claims-based reporting for the 2013 CMS PQRS requirement. Practices using the AGA Digestive Health Recognition Program™ (DHRP), a qualified registry to report PQRS, have until March 14.

Participants can save time and effort by completing requirements for PQRS, BTE and the ABIM self-directed PIM at once. Clinicians enrolled in DHRP can demonstrate and be recognized for superior quality of care in IBD and/or hepatitis C (HCV) from the Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute’s (HCI3) Bridges to Excellence (BTE) program. Additionally, DHRP can be used to measure quality for the purposes of completing an ABIM self-directed PIM for IBD or HCV.

Reporting is simple using the MedConcert platform.

  • Participants enter data and submit using the BTE or PQRS app, which sends the information directly to HCI3 and CMS. 
  • Participation in PQRS requires a minimum of 20 charts, the majority of which are Medicare Part B Fee for Service, unlike other programs such as claims reporting that require more than 50 percent of all Medicare Part B patients to be reported. BTE requires at least 25 IBD patients within the previous year.
  • Participants also gain access to educational resources for improvement and ways to earn MOC points.

For all of these benefits, AGA members pay only $300. Non-AGA members are welcome to participate for a fee of $550. For more information and to get started, please visit www.agarecognition.org or contact Jordan Bailey, jbailey@gastro.org.

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