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CMS Extends Deadline for 2016 PQRS EHR Submission

by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) | 2/6/2017 1:46:17 PM

CMS is extending the submission deadline for 2016 Quality Reporting Document Architecture (QRDA) data submission for the Electronic Health Record (EHR) reporting mechanism. Individual eligible professionals (EPs), Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) group practices, qualified clinical data registries (QCDRs), and qualified EHR data submission vendors (DSVs) now have to submit 2016 EHR data via QRDA. The original submission deadline was February 28, 2017.

A complete list of 2016 data submission timeframes is below:

March 13, 2017 deadlines:

  • EHR Direct or Data Submission Vendor (QRDA I or III) – 1/3/17 - 3/13/17
  • Qualified Clinical Data Registries (QRDA III) – 1/3/17 - 3/13/17

March 17, 2017 deadline:

  • Web Interface – 1/16/17 - 3/17/17

March 31, 2017 deadlines:

  • Qualified Registries (Registry XML) – 1/3/17 - 3/31/17
  • QCDRs (QCDR XML) – 1/3/17 - 3/31/17

Submission ends at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the end date listed. An Enterprise Identity Management (EIDM) account with the “Submitter Role” is required for these PQRS data submission methods. Please see the EIDM System Toolkit for additional information.

EPs who do not satisfactorily report 2016 quality measure data to meet the PQRS requirements will be subject to a downward PQRS payment adjustment on all Medicare Part B Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) services rendered in 2018. For questions, please contact the QualityNet Help Desk at 1-866-288-8912 or via email at Qnetsupport@hcqis.org from 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Central Time. Complete information about PQRS is available online.

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