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Monday, October 14, 2013

CMS EXTENDS PQRS PENALTY-AVOIDANCE DEADLINE FOR THREE DAYS

Physicians have three more days to register for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and avoid a 1-percent cut in your 2015 Medicare payments. The American Medical Association says it convinced the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to extend the registration deadline from Oct. 15 to Oct. 18 because several hundred large group practices were threatened with fee cuts. CMS says the deadline extension applies to individual physicians and group practices of all sizes. AMA says it is working for a longer extension, but the government shutdown may prevent it. Individual physicians can register here and group practices can register here. See the TMA website for more information on the PQRS penalty.

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