It has long been speculated that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) would move toward phasing out the claims-based reporting mechanism for reporting PQRS measure data. The removal of this mechanism for most of the 2016 anesthesia care measures turns this speculation into reality for many physician anesthesiologists. But as members face this time of transition, there are several other valid reporting mechanisms that you can explore to satisfactorily report PQRS this year.

Moving from the claims-based reporting mechanism to another mechanism may cause you some anxiety – trying to understand different reporting requirements, contracting with a vendor or registry and determining how to operationalize quality capture in your practice can seem like daunting tasks. ASA has provided resources both online and in previous articles to help explain the different PQRS reporting solutions available to you. ASA...

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