Please review ASCRS•ASOA’s updated 2015 PQRS Fact Sheet. 
Cataract Measures Group
Eligible professionals who choose to report the Cataract Measures Group must report on all 8 measures in the Measures Group. We had previously reported that providers only had to report on 6 measures.
With the addition of two cross-cutting measures, there are now 8 measures in the Cataract Measures Group, all of which must be reported by providers who choose this method for PQRS reporting in 2015. To report the Cataract Measures Group, you must report all 8 measures for 20 patients, more than 50 percent (or 11) of whom must be Medicare Part B beneficiaries. This is an increase over the 4 measures that providers were required to report for the Cataract Measures Group in 2014.
All providers, including those who may work at a practice part-time, are considered eligible professionals that must report for PQRS.
If any eligible professional (see below) bills under his or her own National Provider Identifier (NPI) and a practice’s Tax Identification Number (TIN), on even one claim, CMS will reduce all Medicare physician fee schedule payments for services rendered and billed using this NPI/TIN combination by 2% in 2017 (based on 2015 reporting).
These part-time staff will also count toward your practice for the Value-Based Payment Modifier. As you know, to avoid the additional VBPM penalty, your practice must report PQRS through a group reporting option or more than 50% of physicians at your practice must individually successfully report PQRS. Any provider who bills one claim under his or her NPI and the practices’ TIN number will count toward the 50% that must successfully report PQRS to avoid the VBPM penalty.
Eligibility for PQRS Reporting
The following individuals are eligible to participate in PQRS and will receive a penalty if they do not successfully report.
1. Medicare physicians
- Doctor of Medicine
- Doctor of Osteopathy
- Doctor of Podiatric Medicine
- Doctor of Optometry
- Doctor of Oral Surgery
- Doctor of Dental Medicine
- Doctor of Chiropractic
- Physician Assistant
- Nurse Practitioner*
- Clinical Nurse Specialist*
- Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist* (and Anesthesiologist Assistant)
- Certified Nurse Midwife*
- Clinical Social Worker
- Clinical Psychologist
- Registered Dietician
- Nutrition Professional
*Includes Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)
- Physical Therapist
- Occupational Therapist
- Qualified Speech-Language Therapist