CMS is hosting several calls and webcasts in September and October 2015 on various Medicare quality programs, including the following:

  • A September 17 webcast/call will focus on the 2014 Annual Quality and Resource Use Reports (QRURs) that the agency is making available to group practices and solo practitioners nationwide. CMS will hold a separate call on October 15, 2015 to discuss the2014 Supplemental QRUR Physician Feedback Program.
  • A September 24 call will cover several physician quality programs. Specifically, CMS will provide guidance on how individual Eligible Professionals (EPs) and group practices can: avoid the 2017 Physician Quality Reporting System negative payment adjustment; satisfy the clinical quality measure component of the Medicare Electronic Health Records Incentive Program; earn an incentive based on performance; and avoid the automatic 2017 downward payment adjustment under the Value-Based Payment Modifier.
  • An October 7 call will provide an update on the first year of Dialysis Facility Compare star ratings and future plans for the initiative.