Aug. 1 is the deadline for new users to sign up with the IRIS Registry for 2015 Cataracts Measures Group reporting. If you missed the June 1 EHR-based sign-up deadline or don't have an EHR system, this is the most straightforward way to report for PQRS and avoid penalties.
The proposed 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule targets an eye-visit code as misvalued. However, CMS also added an Academy-submitted diabetic retinopathy measures group to the Physician Quality Reporting System.
The grace period doesn't change the Oct. 1 implementation date, but will ease some penalties and claims denials when codes "are from the appropriate family of ICD-10 codes."
The Academy helped to secure crucial regulatory wins in 2015, such as reducing burdens and penalties associated with PQRS and EHR programs. Get the story behind these and other victories in the 2015 Washington Mid-Year Report.
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