Meet upcoming Meaningful Use and PQRS deadlines to avoid 2018 penalties

January 30, 2017

Meet upcoming Meaningful Use and PQRS deadlines to avoid 2018 penalties

Meaningful Use attestation deadline

The registration and attestation portal for the 2016 EHR Incentive Program (Meaningful Use) is now open, and the deadline to attest is February 28. Eligible Professionals must attest to 2016 program requirements in order to avoid a 2018 payment adjustment. The reporting period is any continuous 90 days between January 1 and December 31, 2016. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) also provided a new attestation worksheet to use as a reference; it includes all program requirements and potential exclusions for each measure. For more information, view the College Meaningful Use Toolkit.

Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) deadlines

Reporting deadlines for 2016 PQRS vary depending on your reporting method. Be sure to meet the correct deadline below to avoid a penalty of 4-6% in 2018.

February 24: Last day 2016 claims will be processed to be counted for PQRS reporting.

February 28: Last day to submit 2016 Clinical Quality Measures for dual participation in PQRS and the Medicare EHR Incentive Program. Last day for QCDRs and EHRs to submit 2016 PQRS data.

March 17: Last day to submit 2016 PQRS data via Group Practice Reporting Option (GPRO) Web Interface.

March 31: Last day for qualified registries to submit 2016 PQRS data.

For more information about PQRS requirements view the College PQRS Toolkit.