There is still time for providers to avoid the PQRS penalty for 2013 reporting, which will mean a 1.5% deduction from Medicare reimbursements in 2015 (ouch!). The following two methods still apply for individual providers:
-Submit via a qualified EHR vendor — if your EHR is provided by a vendor that has been permitted by the CMS to submit directly, submitting data could be much easier than you think. Be sure to contact your vendor to find out what their capabilities are. Even if not qualified to submit directly, your vendor may be able to help you submit via a registry — the second method available to not just avoid the 1.5% penalty in 2015, but also earn a .5% incentive for 2013.
-Submit a single, valid measure via a single claim. You can do this! This approach will not permit you to earn an incentive this year, but you will avoid the penalty in 2015 — and you’ll have gotten your feet wet for more comprehensive compliance in 2014. (Do it now — don’t delay — to be sure your claim is accepted and qualifies.)