2013 PQRS MOC Incentive
ABS has been approved by CMS for the 2013 Physician Quality
System (PQRS) MOC Incentive. This incentive allows ABS diplomates
participating in PQRS reporting to earn an additional 0.5%
Medicare Part B charges by also participating in Maintenance of
Certification (MOC) "more frequently" than what is required by
the ABS. Diplomates must also participate in a patient experience of
"more frequently" requirements are designed so diplomates can easily
meet them. No paper documentation is required; you will attest online
that you meet the incentive requirements. Even if you have not yet
your 2013 PQRS reporting, you
can still submit information for the MOC incentive. Submission
deadline is Dec. 31, 2013.
Complete instructions are on the
PQRS MOC Incentive.
should note that in 2015 CMS plans to switch from incentives
PQRS reporting to a penalty based on your 2013 PQRS
we encourage all diplomates to participate in PQRS this year,
regardless of whether you decide to also apply for the MOC incentive.
for more details.
American College of Surgeons recently launched an upgraded version of
their case log system, now called the Surgeon
Specific Registry (SSR). The SSR is an approved registry for
PQRS reporting; other
approved registries include the Vascular Quality Initiative® (SVS),
Mastery of Breast Surgery (ASBS), and STS Database.