Prepare now for CQM reporting objective

A notice issued July 19 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) informs eligible providers that you can electronically submit clinical quality measure (CQM) data for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program.

The Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Pilot allows eligible professionals to meet the CQM reporting objective of meaningful use requirements  for the EHR Incentive Programs through electronic submission while also reporting for the PQRS program, according to CMS.

A provider who wishes to participate in the electronic reporting pilot must submit 12 months of clinical quality measures data, CMS noted. Eligible professionals must submit the data between Jan. 1, 2013 and Feb. 28, 2013.

CQM data for the electronic reporting pilot must be derived from certified EHR technology.  If you decide to submit the data directly from your EHR, your EHR also needs to be PQRS “qualified.” However, a PQRS-qualified data submission vendor may submit quality measures data for the electronic reporting pilot on your behalf.

A list of the 2012 PQRS-qualified EHR and data-submission vendors is posted on the PQRS website.

You can register for the electronic reporting pilot program while attesting for the EHR Incentive Program on the online registration page. Click "yes" on the eReporting page as you proceed through the attestation process.

Click here for additional information about the EHR Incentive Programs.