General Question for the Week of January 30, 2017

General Compliance Question of the Week

Question:

I have heard that there will be no PQRS payment adjustments in 2017 because of a problem with the ICD-10 code update. Can you provide any information about this?

Answer:

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) examined the impact to quality measures that the fiscal year 2017 updates to the ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS would make. It discovered that its systems will not be able to apply the 2017 or 2018 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) payment adjustments, as applicable, to any eligible professional or group practice that fails to satisfactorily report for 2016 solely as a result of the impact of ICD-10 code updates on quality data reported for the fourth quarter of 2016.

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