Clinical Social Work Practice Tools:
PQRS & Measurement


Practice Alert - Urgent Attention Clinical Social Workers: Medicare PQRS Negative Payment Adjustment

Mirean Coleman, MSW, LICSW, CT

Dec 01, 2016

It has been brought to NASW’s attention that clinical social workers who are Medicare providers may have inappropriately received notice of a two percent negative payment adjustment in 2017 for not using 9 measures when reporting Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) measures in 2015.

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Practice Alert - PQRS Ends December 31, 2016

Mirean Coleman, MSW, LICSW, CT

Oct 01, 2016

The Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), which identifies measures available to improve the quality of care provided to Medicare beneficiaries by clinical social workers and other Medicare providers, will end on December 31, 2016. PQRS 2016 payment reports will be made available in 2018 and a negative payment adjustment will be made at that time for those clinical social workers who did not meet the reporting requirements for PQRS 2016.

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Practice Alert - Attention: Negative PQRS Payment Adjustment For 2017

Mirean Coleman, MSW, LICSW, CT

Oct 01, 2016

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has distributed letters to clinical social workers and other Medicare providers regarding the 2017 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) negative payment adjustment.  The letter informs clinical social workers whether they will receive a 2017 negative payment adjustment for not satisfactorily reporting 2015 PQRS quality measures and as a result, will receive a two percent decrease in reimbursement for 2017 Medicare Part B services.

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Practice Perspectives - 2016 PQRS Reporting Criteria For Individual Measures Used By Clinical Social Workers

Mirean Coleman, MSW, LICSW, CT

Jan 01, 2016

To help clinical social workers in private practice understand how the PQRS program works, NASW has compiled a list of frequently asked questions by its members from phone calls, emails, and “An Hour With Private Practice: Questions and Answers.”

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Practice Alert - PQRS Alert For Clinical Social Workers Who Are Medicare Providers

Mirean Coleman, MSW, LICSW, CT

Dec 01, 2015

The purpose of this document is to inform clinical social workers who are Medicare providers of two major actions occurring at this time with the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS). The PQRS actions are for the reporting periods of 2015 and 2014.

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Practice Perspectives - Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) 2015 Qualified Registries

Mirean Coleman, MSW, LICSW, CT

Jun 01, 2015

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced the PQRS 2015 qualified registries. Qualified registries are maintenance certification programs which have self-nominated and successfully completed a vetting process as specified by CMS to demonstrate their compliance with PQRS qualification criteria. They collect and submit PQRS quality measures data on behalf of clinical social workers and other Medicare providers. A fee may be charged.

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