Physician Quality Reporting System
The Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), formerly known as the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI), is a voluntary program that was authorized by the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006 (TRCHA) and was implemented on July 1, 2007. The goal of PQRS is to provide a financial incentive to eligible professionals to improve patient care through evidence-based measures and to prepare for future pay-for-performance programs.
2014 Final Rule Changes Physician Quality Reporting Requirements (NEW)
PQRS Frequently Asked Questions
CMS article on suggestions for steps physicians should take to successfully participate in 2012 PQRS Program
CMS Report on 2009 Reporting Experience - anesthesiologists were second in participation rates
2010 PQRI Measure Specifications
Reporting new PQRI Measure 193
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have posted the 2009 Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) program measures and specifications
Learn more about PQRS on the Anesthesia Quality Institute's website.
ASA EDUCATIONAL WEBCASTS
Learn about your responsibilities under the 2014 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in less than an hour. This informative webcast is divided into five chapters. Members who are PQRS novices can watch the entire webcast to learn about their reporting options, and members who are familiar with PQRS can focus on chapters covering issues that apply specifically to their practice. Click on the links below to view each chapter and please contact the Quality and Regulatory Affairs Department with questions.
Chapter 1: Introduction to PQRS
This chapter introduces new users to the PQRS program, clarifies what it means to be an eligible professional, details the steps to get started reporting under PQRS and explains the pros and cons of individual reporting versus group reporting.
Chapter 2: Individual Reporting Options
This chapter focuses on individual reporting, explaining the requirements for individual EPs reporting via claims, registry, electronic health record, and qualified clinical data registry.
Chapter 3: Group Reporting Options
This chapter focuses on group reporting for groups of all sizes, detailing group reporting options for reporting via claims, registry and the GPRO Web Interface.
Chapter 4: Concluding Information and Resources
This chapter offers practical examples of PQRS reporting, more information about PQRS measures and measures groups, and contact information for the CMS QualityNet Help Desk.
Chapter 5: Glossary
This chapter defines key terms related to PQRS reporting.