Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS)
Meaningful Use

Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS)

CMS Approves GIQuIC as a PQRS Qualified Clinical Data Registry
Learn how you can successfully participate in PQRS submitting GI-specific measures

We are pleased to announce that the GIQuIC Registry has again been approved as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) for reporting to the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) for the 2015 reporting year. The QCDR reporting mechanism is a dynamic reporting option that allows providers to report on measures that are meaningful to their specialty practice and foster improvement in the quality of care provided to patients.

Since 2010, GIQuIC has grown in value as a clinical benchmarking tool for gastroenterology practices, surpassing 1 million colonoscopy cases in October 2014. In April 2014, CMS approved GIQuIC as a QCDR for the 2014 PQRS reporting year, facilitating endoscopists’ documentation of compliance with quality measures. Over 600 GIQuIC participants elected to utilize the GIQuIC QCDR for their 2014 PQRS reporting.

For the 2015 reporting year, eligible providers who satisfactorily participate in PQRS will avoid the 2017 payment adjustment of negative 2.0%, an adjustment that will be compounded further by the value-based payment modifier up to an additional negative 4.0% depending upon group size.

To see the detailed specifications of the clinical quality measures on which the GIQuIC QCDR will report for PY2015 pleaseĀ click here.

To provide the details surrounding the QCDR reporting option and the GIQuIC registry, GIQuIC hosted an informational webinar onĀ May 5, 2015. The slides can be accessed by selecting here. A recording of the webinar can be accessed by selecting here.

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Meaningful Use

GIQuIC may help your facility and physicians demonstrate "meaningful use" of health information technology pursuant to the Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program.

Similar to PQRS, Medicare providers who do not successfully demonstrate meaningful use in the EHR Incentive Program will receive a Medicare payment cut, beginning at 1% in 2015 and increasing each year that meaningful use is not demonstrated up to a maximum of 5%.

As part of meaningful use regulation, physicians (including those in the outpatient hospital department) can help demonstrate meaningful use by having EHR technology that submits cases to a specialized registry (non-cancer registry). GIQuIC is working with these certified health IT vendors so that participation in GIQuIC may help providers meet this requirement.