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CMS to Providers: Register Now to Access Your 2007 PQRI Report

June 10, 2008:
PQRI final feedback reports for 2007 will be made available in mid-July on a secure website. Reports will be available to each practice using the taxpayer identification number (TIN) under which at least one eligible provider reported 2007 PQRI quality measures data. The reports will include information on reporting rates, clinical performance, and incentives earned by individual providers as well as a summary on reporting success and incentives earned at the practice (TIN) level.

Although the reports are not available yet online, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recommends that practices take the time now to set up their online account so they can access their report as soon as it’s available. The first step in classifying the practice as “Individuals Authorized Access to CMS Computer Services—Provider Community (IACS-PC)” is registering a security official. At this time, CMS is registering only those organizations that have one or more providers with staff members who will be accessing the reports. If you are an individual professional who will access this service personally and have no staff who will use the system on your behalf, wait until further notice to register in IACS. This registration process will be simpler and less time consuming.

Because the process of verifying the security official’s authorization to access is not fully automated, it can take some time, one of the reasons CMS is urging practices to begin registering their representatives now.

More information regarding the registration process can be found at
http://www.cms.hhs.gov/MLNMattersArticles/downloads/SE0747.pdf and
http://www.cms.hhs.gov/MLNMattersArticles/downloads/SE0753.pdf on the CMS website.

Deborah C. Hall
Clinical Technical Editor


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