Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) changes will impact future Medicare reimbursement for audiologists billing for Medicare Part B.
According to the proposed 2013 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule rule, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will deduct 1.5 percent per claim from all 2015 Part B payments to eligible health-care professionals, including audiologists, who do not meet the satisfactory reporting requirements to report at least one applicable PQRS measure for Medicare covered services in 2013. In other words, you must participate in PQRS in 2013 in order to avoid a payment reduction in 2015.
The Audiology Quality Consortium (AQC) has developed a resource regarding PQRS reporting titled, http://www.audiology.org/practice/PQRI/Documents/PQRS_ReportingAudiologyQualityMeasures.pdf Reporting Audiology Quality Measures: A Step-by-Step Guide.
On a final note, please heed the phrase, “Don’t kill the messenger!” We provided this information in case you weren’t aware of the upcoming changes. Please remember, we provided it, we didn’t create it and we agree that one more set of regulations is not what the doctor ordered.