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CMS Extends Deadline for 2016 PQRS EHR Submission

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced that they are extending the submission deadline for 2016 Quality Reporting Document Architecture (QRDA) data submission for the Electronic Health Record EHR reporting mechanism of the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS). Individual eligible professionals (EPs), PQRS group practices, qualified clinical data registries (QCDRs), and qualified EHR data submission vendors (DSVs) now have until March 31, 2017, to submit 2016 EHR data via QRDA. The original submission deadline was February 28, 2017. The deadline is extended to March 31, 2017, for EPs to electronically report electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program.

The deadline for eCQM data submission for hospitals participating in the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) Program and to meet the electronic reporting of Clinical Quality Measures (CQMs) portion of the EHR Incentive Program is March 13, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time (PT). The deadline for reporting via attestation and Meaningful Use objective and measure submission for providers participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program is March 13, 2017. at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET).

A complete list of 2016 data submission timeframes is below:

March 13, 2017, deadlines:

  • eCQM reporting for hospitals – 1/3/17-3/13/17
  • CQM reporting via attestation – 1/3/17-3/13/17
  • Meaningful Use objectives and measures – 1/3/17-3/13/17

March 17, 2017, deadline:

  • Web Interface – 1/16/17-3/17/17
March 31, 2017, deadlines:
  • EHR Direct or Data Submission Vendor (QRDA I or III) – 1/3/17-3/31/17
  • Qualified Clinical Data Registries (QRDA III) – 1/3/17-3/31/17
  • Qualified Registries (Registry XML) – 1/3/17-3/31/17
  • QCDRs (QCDR XML) – 1/3/17-3/31/17
  • eCQM reporting for EPs – 1/3/17-3/31/17
Submission ends at 8:00 p.m. ETon 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 from 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Central Time. View complete information about PQRS
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