Although 2016 may be the final year of the PQRS program, as Medicare implements a new payment system under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, it is a critical one.  Providers and group practices that do not satisfy PQRS requirements in 2016 face up to a 6% reduction in Medicare payments in 2018.  Providers can avoid the PQRS penalty by reporting quality data as individuals, or collectively as a group practice by using the PQRS group practice reporting option (GPRO).

Practices that wish to participate in GPRO for the 2016 reporting year must register by June 30, 2016 via the Physician Value-PQRS registration system, but can modify or cancel their GPRO registration any time prior to this deadline.