PQRS Deadlines Approaching

January 28, 2016

PQRS Corner

Four Weeks to Go

If you're planning to submit your 2015 PQRS data via EHR (direct or data submission vendor) or a qualified clinical data registry (QCDR), the deadline is February 29 at 8 pm Eastern Time.

Other key reporting deadlines:

Zika Virus Transmission in the Americas

The NH DHHS issued a health alert on January 20, regarding Zika virus infections in the Americas.

NH Division of Public Health Services (NH DPHS) draws your attention to the following:

Key Points and Recommendations:

1) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported locally acquired Zika virus infections in multiple countries in the Americas, with specific recommendations for providers managing patients considering or returning from travel to affected countries; healthcare providers should review the attached CDCHAN-00385.

Share Your Thoughts on CMS Quality Measures Reporting by Feb. 1

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking public comment/feedback on several items, including:
  • Certification of health information technology (IT), including EHR products used for reporting to PQRS
  • How often to require recertification
  • The number of clinical quality measures (CQMs) a certified Health IT Module should be required to certify
  • Testing of certified Health IT Module(s)

Feedback Requested: New Proposed Opioid Rules

The Board of Medicine is seeking informal feedback from physicians on a new set of proposed opioid prescribing rules.

Please send your comments to nhmedicalsociety@nhms.org by January 29. 

The Board plans to consider the informal comments at its Feb. 3 meeting.  Once the Board finalizes the proposed rules,  they will go through the normal rulemaking process which will include a public hearing and formal comment period.

Have you received your CME reporting form?

If you plan to renew your New Hampshire Medical license in June 2016, you will need to document your CME credits from 2014-2015 by February 28.

The Continuing Medical Education Biennial reporting forms were mailed in early December. 

If you did not receive a form, or have misplaced it, you may download the generic version here.

Questions? Contact Mary West, CME Coordinator at mary.west@nhms.org or 603.224.1909.

CSMS Hosts Free PQRS Webinars

The Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS) will be hosting two free webinars on updates to PQRS for 2016 The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has asked that they gather more information about who is using their services and attending programs, so in registering for each program or material download there is a short informational (demographic) survey to be completed.

Perfluorochemical (PFC) Blood Testing Program: Update #3

The NH DHHS issued a health alert on October 6, regarding the second round of the PFC blood testing program.

NH Division of Public Health Services (NH DPHS) draws your attention to the following:

Key Points and Recommendations:

AMA Efforts on MU Hardship Exemption Successful

Prior to adjourning for the holidays, Congress adopted legislation, S. 2425, the “Patient Access and Medicare Protection Act,” which included a provision granting the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) the authority to expedite applications for exemptions from Meaningful Use Stage 2 requirements for the 2015 calendar year. 

In order to avoid a penalty under the meaningful use program, eligible professionals must attest that they met the requirements for meaningful use Stage 2 for a period of 90 consecutive days during calendar year 2015.