Audiologists and speech-language
pathologists who submitted Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) codes on
their 2013 claims can check their participation on the Physician
and Other Health Care Professionals Quality Reporting Portal.
Providers can register through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid
Services (CMS) Individuals
Authorized Access to the CMS Computer Services (IACS) system to access PQRS
Feedback Reports by selecting "Physician Quality Reporting System/eRx." The
registration requires a social security number and date of birth to verify the
In 2013, Medicare required that every provider of Medicare
services-in private or group practice-submit at least one claim for one
beneficiary that included PQRS codes; otherwise a 1.5% deduction will be
applied to all of the provider's 2015 claims. The portal will allow providers
to see if their PQRS participation was recorded, but does not provide the final
data analysis for full-year reporting.
PQRS is a
required quality reporting system for audiologists and speech-language
pathologists (SLPs) who serve Medicare beneficiaries in settings that bill for
Medicare services as private or group practices (including ENT offices and
university clinics). Participation is tracked through the individual
audiologist's or SLP's National Provider Identifier (NPI) that is placed on the
claim to identify the provider rendering the service. Medicare requires that
all audiology services indicate the NPI of the audiologist performing the
service. Speech-language pathology services may be billed "incident to" a
physician if the physician is onsite, in which case PQRS reporting requirements
would apply to the physician, not the SLP.
In 2014, providers are
required to report on a minimum of 50% of their Medicare patient qualifying
visits in order to avoid a 2% deduction on claims submitted in 2016.
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