CMS Extends deadline for 2016 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) Electronic Health Record (EHR) Submission

Question: What is the New Deadline for PQRS EHR Submission?

Answer: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) recently extended the deadline for 2016 Quality Reporting Document Architecture (QRDA) data submission for the EHR reporting mechanism from February 28th until March 13, 2017. Individual eligible professionals (EPs), PQRS group practices, qualified clinical data registries (QCDRs), and qualified EHR data submission vendors (DSVs) now have until March 13th to submit 2016 EHR data via QRDA. The new deadlines are as follows:

March 13, 2017:

·         EHR Direct or Data Submission Vendor (QRDA I or III) – 1/13/17 – 3/13/17
·         Qualified Clinical Data Registries (QRDA III) – 1/3/17 – 3/13/17

 March 17, 2017:

·         Web interface – 1/16/17 – 3/17/17

 March 31, 2017:

·         Qualified Registries (Registry XML) – 1/3/17 – 3/31/17
·         QCDRs (QCDR XML) – 1/3/17 – 3/31/17

EPs who do not satisfactorily report 2016 quality measure data to meet the PQRS requirements will be subject to a downward PQRS payment adjustment on all Medicare Part B Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) services rendered in 2018. For questions, please contact the QualityNet Help Desk at 1-866-288-8912 or via email at from 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Central Time. Complete information about PQRS is available at:

Weekly Charting Tip:

Remember when you were bad in 2nd grade and your teacher told you it was going on your permanent report card? Well, your National Practitioner Data Bank profile is that permanent report card for health care professionals. Most any malpractice settlement or judgment, hospital privilege loss, being terminated by a managed care company, being disciplined by your state board; all of these and more can be found in your NPDB profile. Request a copy via going on line to the NPDB and initiate a “self-query”. It is only a few dollars. Don’t you want to know what every inquiring entity knows about you? You also want to make sure it is accurate. While patients and plaintiff attorneys cannot access this, a hospital where you applied for privileges, a medical group doing a due diligence prior to hiring you or a managed care company, can certainly access it. Also be warned that if you settle a case, your state board will have access to this information if they want to investigate the matter. Forewarned is forearmed!  - Larry Kobak, Esq. 

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