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Despite repeated announcements and warnings from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) of the financial consequences to providers who do not participate in Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2013, some psychologists are angry, confused and shocked after receiving letters announcing an across-the-board penalty of 1.5 percent in 2015.
During an informal poll conducted during the February meeting of the Cleveland Psychological Association (CPA), about half had received notices of penalties. Thirty percent reported not knowing what PQRS is. Psychologists have been eligible to obtain small bonuses for PQRS participation from 2008 to 2014. Detailed information about how to participate is contained on the government website, CMS.gov.
According to CPA President Nancy Duff-Boehm, Ph.D., “Education from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid …
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