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  • Deadline Extended on PQRS Penalty Letter Requests

    Editor’s note: After this story posted, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services again extended the deadline to submit review requests. The new deadline is December 16, 2015.

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it is extending the deadline for providers to question Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS)-related penalty notices they may have received. Instead of a November 23 deadline, CMS will accept "informal review" requests until midnight on Wednesday, December 16.

    APTA is aware that some members have received letters related to PQRS performance during 2014. If you believe you have received a penalty notice letter in error, be sure to submit an informal review request through the CMS "QualityNet" website by the December 16 deadline.

    CMS has informed APTA that providers have been experiencing problems in reaching QualityNet over the past several days, and says that it's attempting to fix the problem. APTA is also working with CMS to ensure that physical therapists are not unduly penalized for 2014 PQRS performance.

    Questions? Problems with filing an informal review? Contact the APTA advocacy staff.

    Want more on PQRS? A recording of APTA's recent webinar, "Physical Therapy and PQRS in 2016: How to Report Successfully," will be available in the coming weeks.


    • Unable to submit an informal review request through the CMS qualitynet website.

      Posted by Eboni Adams on 12/16/2015 6:23 PM

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