PQRS MOC Incentive
2014 Incentive: The ABS has been approved for the 2014 PQRS MOC Incentive. The submission process for the 2014 incentive will be available in late spring of 2014. Diplomates will be notified once it is available. Below for reference is the 2013 information.
About the PQRS MOC Incentive
- The ABS has been approved by CMS for the 2013 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) MOC Incentive.
- Surgeons who successfully participate in PQRS reporting in 2013 will receive an incentive payment of 0.5% on their Medicare Part B allowed charges. The PQRS MOC Incentive allows surgeons to earn an additional 0.5% by also participating in the ABS MOC Program "more frequently" than what is required by the ABS. They must also participate in a patient experience of care survey.
- Surgeons not yet enrolled in the ABS MOC Program will need to pass a recertification exam in 2013 to be eligible. You can only receive one MOC incentive payment, even if you are certified by more than one ABMS board.
- CMS has defined the following requirements for the 2013 PQRS MOC Incentive.
- 1) Participate in 2013 PQRS reporting by satisfactorily submitting data on quality measures for a 12-month period (Jan. 1, 2013 to Dec. 31, 2013)
- This can be done as an individual physician or as part of a group practice (including ACOs), using one of these approved PQRS reporting options:
- Medicare Part B claims reporting
- CMS-qualified electronic health record
- CMS-qualified registry
- The ABS is not directly involved with PQRS reporting. For help, please see the CMS PQRS website or contact CMS at 1-866-288-8912 or via e-mail.
- See also the American College of Surgeons' PQRS information. The ACS Surgeon Specific Registry (Case Log) has been approved for 2013 PQRS reporting; contact the case log's customer support for assistance.
- 3) Participate in MOC "more frequently" than is required to maintain certification in 2013. For ABS diplomates, you must fulfill ONE of the options below:
- MOC Part 2 Option (CME): Complete 30 Category I CME credits relevant to your practice in the 2013 calendar year, with at least 20 credits including self-assessment (a written or electronic question-and-answer exercise that assesses your understanding of the material in the CME program). A score of 75% or higher must be achieved on the self-assessment activity.
- MOC Part 3 Option (Exam): Pass an ABS recertification examination earlier than needed, i.e., prior to the final opportunity to take the exam before your certificate expires. Diplomates may first take a recertification exam three years before their certificate's expiration.
- MOC Part 4 Option (Practice Assessment): Participate in more than one local, regional or national outcomes registry or quality improvement program (either individually or through your institution) during the 2013 calendar year. This includes programs like SCIP, the ACS Surgeon Specific Registry (Case Log), ACS NSQIP®, NTDB, and NCDB. See below for more on Part 4.
- 4) In addition, CMS requires all participants to complete the following:
- MOC Part 4 (Practice Assessment): Participate in at least one local, regional or national outcomes registry or quality improvement program in the 2013 calendar year. See our MOC Part 4 page for more information and some acceptable programs.
- Patient Survey: Participate in a patient experience of care survey. This may be fulfilled by participating in patient surveys administered by your institution, department or other groups. There is no minimum number of surveys required. If you do not have access to a survey, the CAHPS® Surgical Care Survey is available for free from the ACS.
How to Submit Your Information
- The submission process is done entirely online—no paper documentation is needed. You will attest that you meet the requirements outlined above.
- To submit your information, go to the ABMS MOC Matters website. Submission deadline: Dec. 31, 2013.
- Below are brief instructions on submitting your information. For step-by-step instructions, see: MOC Incentive Instructions (pdf).
- 1) Once on the MOC Matters website, click on "American Board of Surgery" (lower right). Review the next page and then click "Continue" (lower right).
- 2) On the following screens, you will be offered three services:
- The MOC:PQRS Attestation (for submission of your MOC information to CMS)
- Registry for PQRS reporting (if you do not have a way to report otherwise)
- Patient survey function (if you do not have access to one otherwise)
- You can purchase these services as a group or individually. If you are already participating in PQRS and have access to a patient survey, you will only need the MOC:PQRS Attestation ($30 fee). The fees charged go to the website service provider, not the ABS or ABMS.
- 3) You will be prompted to register with the website to complete the process. When registering, you will be asked for your ABS "Member ID"—this is your ABS candidate ID number included on all ABS correspondence. It is also always listed in the top right of the ABS website by your name when you log in.
- 4) To complete the MOC:PQRS Attestation form, you will attest to:
- participating in PQRS reporting
- participating in the ABS MOC Program
- participating in ABS MOC "more frequently" (as described above)
- completing a Part 4 – practice assessment program
- participating in a patient experience of care survey
all within the 2013 calendar year.
- 5) Once the attestation form is submitted, you have completed the submission process for the 2013 PQRS MOC Incentive.
NOTE: If you plan to use more than just the attestation, the attestation form is the LAST STEP in this process.
NOTE: The attestation form will ask which year you are in of your "MOC cycle"—for purposes of this form, this means which year in the 10-year certification cycle. Check your MOC Timeline if you are unsure.
After Your Information is SubmittedThe vendor will verify with ABS that you are currently certified and in compliance with the ABS MOC Program. Your data will then be sent to CMS. If your PQRS reporting and MOC incentive information are approved by CMS, the MOC incentive payment will be included with your 2013 PQRS reporting payment. Historically CMS has sent these payments in the third quarter of the following year.
Please contact the ABS office via e-mail with any questions.
Updated: February 2014