PQRS and the Value Modifier – Do you Stay the Course or Change Direction?

PQRS and the Value Modifier – Do you Stay the Course or Change Direction?


Starting in 2013, CMS began to phase in a new program known as the Value-Based Modifier, “VM” for short. Each year, practices are provided with a Quality and Resource Use Report (QRUR). CMS uses the practice’s data reported from the PQRS program in conjunction with the data found on patients’ Medicare claims to score on two metrics:

    1. Cost (low/medium/high)
    2. Quality (low/medium/high)

Under this program, all of the PQRS scores are entered into a system that uses an algorithm to add each provider (TIN) or group to a scatterplot. This scatterplot is then overlaid onto a 3×3 matrix grid demonstrating low/medium/high cost and low/medium/high quality grid to determine the VM fee modifier.

QRUR

Please see the table below on the roadmap of the value modifier in the upcoming years.

Performance Year Payment Year Who it affects
2013 2015 Groups of 100 or more EPs
2014 2016 Groups of 10 or more EPS
2015 2017 Solo and two or more EPs , excludes groups participating in MSSP, Pioneer ACO, or CPCI*
2016 2018 Solo and two or more EPs , excludes groups participating in MSSP, Pioneer ACO, or CPCI*
2017 2019 Solo and two or more EPs, includes groups participating in MSSP, Pioneer ACO, or CPCI*
2018 2020 All plus Medicare PFS payments to non-physician EPs included

*MSSP: Medicare Shared Savings Program
*ACO: Accountable Care Organization
*CPCI: Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative

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