PQRS MOC Incentive
2014 Incentive: The ABS has been approved for the 2014 PQRS MOC Incentive. The incentive submission process will be available later this summer. Diplomates will be notified via e-mail once it is posted.

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About the PQRS MOC Incentive
  • The ABS has been approved by CMS for the 2014 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) MOC Incentive. This is the last year the incentive will be available.
  • The PQRS MOC Incentive allows surgeons participating in PQRS to earn an additional 0.5% on their Medicare Part B allowed charges by also participating in the ABS MOC Program "more frequently" than what is required by the ABS. You must also be participating in a patient experience of care survey program.
  • Surgeons are automatically enrolled in the ABS MOC Program upon certification or recertification after July 2005. Surgeons not yet enrolled in MOC would need to pass an ABS MOC (recertification) exam in 2014 to be eligible. You can only receive one MOC incentive payment, even if you are certified by more than one ABMS board.

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  • CMS has established the following requirements for the 2014 PQRS MOC Incentive:
  • 1) Participate in 2014 PQRS reporting by satisfactorily submitting data on quality measures for a 12-month period (Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2014)
  • This can be done as an individual physician or as part of a group practice (including ACOs). Individuals may use one of these approved PQRS reporting options:
    - Medicare Part B claims
    - Qualified PQRS registry
    - Qualified electronic health record (EHR) product
    - Qualified PQRS data submission vendor
    - Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR)
  • The ABS is not directly involved with PQRS reporting. For help, please see the PQRS website or contact CMS at 1-866-288-8912 or via e-mail.
  • Approved Registries: The ACS Surgeon Specific Registry (Case Log System) has been approved for PQRS reporting. Other approved registries include the STS National Database, Mastery of Breast Surgery, and Vascular Quality Initiative®.
  • 2) Be enrolled and in compliance with the ABS MOC Program during the 2014 calendar year (check MOC status using Is Your Surgeon Certified? - must be "Meeting MOC Requirements")
  • 3) Participate in MOC "more frequently" in 2014 than is required to maintain certification. For ABS diplomates, this means 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 2014 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.
  •   OR
    • MOC Part 3 Option (Exam): Pass an ABS MOC (recertification) examination earlier than needed, i.e., prior to the final opportunity to take the exam before your certificate expires. Diplomates may first take an MOC exam three years before their certificate's expiration.
  •   OR
    • 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 2014 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 2014 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 program. 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.

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How to Submit Your Information
  • The submission process is done entirely online—no paper documentation is needed. You will complete an online form attesting that you have met or will meet the requirements above. You do not need to wait until you have completed your PQRS reporting to apply for the incentive.
  • The 2014 submission process will be posted later this summer. We will notify diplomates via e-mail once it is available.

Please contact the ABS office via e-mail with any questions.

Updated: June 2014

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