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EHR Incentive Programs, PQRS, and Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Information
July 9, 2013

Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs for Eligible Professionals: In-depth Overview of Clinical Quality Measures for Reporting Beginning in 2014, July 23, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. 
This Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) call provides eligible professionals with an in-depth overview of clinical quality measures included in the final rule for Stage 2 of Meaningful Use for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Program. Information about measures, the recommended core set for reporting, and 2014 electronic specifications for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program will be provided. A questions and answer period will conclude the call. Register for the call on the MLN Connects Upcoming Calls registration website. A handout for this call will be available on the MLN Connects Calls and Events  web page. Additional information is available on the CMS EHR Incentive Program web site.

Calls are also scheduled July 24, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. on Stage 2 Meaningful Use (Register on the Upcoming Calls web page above) and August 15, 1:30 – 3:00 a combined program on Payment Adjustments and Hardship Exceptions.

CMS Proposals for PQRS and Physician Value-Based Payment Modifier Under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule 2014 Proposed Rule, July 25, 1:30-3:00 p.m. 
This call provides an overview of the 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) Proposed Rule and will cover potential program updates to the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS).Topics will include changes to reporting mechanisms, individual measures and measures groups for inclusion in 2014, criteria for satisfactorily reporting for incentive and avoiding future payment adjustments, requirements for Medicare incentive program alignment, and satisfactory participation under the qualified clinical data registry option. In addition, an overview of proposals for the value-based payment modifier including – how CMS proposes to continue to phase in and expand application of the value-based payment modifier in 2016 based on performance in 2014 and a description of how the value-based payment modifier is aligned with reporting requirements under the PQRS will be addressed. This call is intended for physicians, physician group practices, practice managers, medical and specialty societies, payers, and insurers. Register at MLN Connects Upcoming Calls. Presentation materials will be available on the  MLN Connects Calls and Events  web page. 

PQRS and eRx Incentive Program Payment Adjustment Call Materials Available
The audio recording and transcript from the CMS call on June 18 “Getting Started with PQRS Reporting: Implications for the Value-based Payment Modifier,” are now available.

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