The release of the 2016 Physician Fee Schedule has presented members and their practices with a number of considerations regarding their choice of reporting method and measures to report this year. For 2016, the rules for reporting PQRS remained fairly consistent between the claims-based and qualified registry reporting mechanisms. For the Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) mechanism, CMS has instituted processes for group practice reporting (as required by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, MACRA). The continuity ends there, as it does in most years, as the methods for reporting measures change, “topped out” measures are retired, new measures are introduced, and measure specifications are updated and further honed. Practices must still participate in PQRS 2016 to avoid negative adjustments in 2018 and, for those practices able to demonstrate high-quality, low-cost care via the Value-Based Payment...

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