ASCO is pleased to announce that oncology practices can now complete all of their Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS)1 requirements through the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) platform. All users will be able to use the QOPI system to fulfill the Oncology Measures Group set of 7 measures for PQRS reporting, which entails submitting 20 charts for each eligible professional by their National Provider Identifier. Each eligible professional must sign a participation agreement and attestation form to allow QOPI to submit on his or her behalf. These agreements also can be signed by the practice’s registered QOPI administrator. QOPI is free to all users, and the new PQRS reporting is free of charge to any practice with a current and registered ASCO member.
QOPI is an oncologist-led, practice-based quality assessment program designed to promote excellence in cancer care by helping practices create a culture of self-examination and improvement. It provides a standard methodology; robust library of quality metrics; and collection tool to reliably and routinely assess care, inform quality improvement activities, and demonstrate quality to patients and external stakeholders.
In 2016, PQRS reporting will affect Medicare Part B reimbursements in 2018. In 2017, PQRS reporting will be integrated into your first Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) score, affecting your 2019 reimbursement.
Utilizing QOPI to meet these Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requirements is easy. First, a practice not already registered with QOPI will need to do so, which requires at least one member of the practice to be an ASCO member. Once in the QOPI system, you can select the PQRS reporting module—doing the entire QOPI data extraction is not necessary—then extract your PQRS-only data, and ASCO will submit your data to CMS on your behalf at the Tax Identification Number/National Provider Identifier level.
Throughout this transition, ASCO will be with you every step of the way, and you will be able to see information from your reports on a PQRS dashboard in your QOPI account. This is one of the ways ASCO is putting into practice its commitment to helping its members succeed in practice and be prepared for the Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).
How to Meet PQRS Requirements Through QOPI
To participate in the QOPI Fall 2016 round and/or maintain your QOPI Certification, your minimum requirement is one disease or domain module plus the core module.
ASCO’s Top Ten List for MACRA Readiness: http://www.asco.org/sites/new-www.asco.org/files/content-files/Top-10-Checklist.pdf
If you are only participating for PQRS submission, you are only required to select the PQRS pathway, but you are more than welcome to select additional modules and pathways.
If you are participating in this round for QOPI Certification or Recertification, you must select the QOPI Certification Program (QCP) reporting pathway (although you may choose additional modules and pathways based on your practice’s reporting needs).
Measures labeled as “test” are optional. Abstracting for these measures allows QOPI to determine how these measures contribute to quality performance and whether they become permanent QOPI measures.
Refer to the QOPI User Manual and the Chart Selection Criteria documents (under Current Round Documentation on the QOPI welcome page) for more details. A Participant Training Webinar also is available on this page.
Please note: A new QOPI practice must register on the QOPI platform and have at least one ASCO member; existing registered QOPI practices do not need to reregister. Full QOPI participation will meet PQRS requirements.
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