Confused about PQRS reporting? AAD can help

Enroll in DataDerm™ by July 1, 2016, to report 2016 PQRS

ivy_lee.jpgBy Ivy Lee, MD
Chair of the AAD's Telemedicine Task Force and member of the Core Curriculum Task Force

The Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) had been a voluntary federal program offering bonus Medicare payments to physicians who report on a designated set of quality measures. While PQRS technically remains voluntary, the 2007 legislation that established the program requires CMS to phase out incentive payments and, instead, apply penalties to physicians who fail to satisfy PQRS reporting requirements. Beginning with the 2015 reporting year, the program transitioned to penalties only.

That can mean incurring a penalty of up to 4-6 percent in Medicare charges (depending on practice size) if you don’t report in 2016! So it’s more important than ever to participate in PQRS.

This video explains why dermatologists should participate in PQRS and outlines penalties for non-reporting.

AAD's DataDerm™ - 2016 PQRS Quality Reporting Submission

In 2016, dermatologists and their non-physician clinicians can report PQRS quality measures with AAD's DataDerm™, a national clinical data registry developed by dermatologists for dermatologists.

In addition to making PQRS reporting easier, AAD's DataDerm™ will provide you:

  • Tools to demonstrate quality on 35 dermatology-specific or applicable quality measures.
  • Quick reports on data most meaningful to your practice.
  • Patient-level benchmarking against measures.

Enrollment in DataDerm is free to AAD members. You need to enroll in DataDerm by July 1, 2016, to report 2016 PQRS.


DataDerm offers an easy, streamlined reporting experience with its PQRS submission option. By reporting nine measures by Jan. 13, 2017, you and your non-physician clinicians may avoid up to 6-percent penalties – 2 percent of which is the PQRS payment reduction, and 2 to 4 percent of which is the Value-Based Payment Modifier (VBPM) reduction, depending on group size. By reporting your 2016 PQRS quality measures, you may avoid a payment reduction in 2018.

10% off PQRS submission

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Code expires June 15, 2016


Review important dates and how to report your 2016 measures using DataDerm below. 

July 1, 2016: Last day for EHR-based practices to enroll in DataDerm for 2016 PQRS reporting. 
Aug. 1, 2016 If using an EHR, practices must have begun EHR integration with DataDerm. 
Dec. 16, 2016:  Last day to purchase PQRS submission option – for those enrolled in DataDerm
Jan. 13, 2017:  Deadline for reporting 2016 PQRS quality measures for a full reporting period (Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2016) 

Free PQRS webinar


This webinar helps AAD members navigate the 2016 PQRS process, outlines penalties, and offers information on reporting through AAD's DataDerm™.
Recently, the Academy created a free webinar that helps AAD members navigate the 2016 PQRS process, outlines penalties, and offers information on reporting through AAD's DataDerm™.

In addition to the full webinar, it is also broken out into smaller segments by topic to help you easily access the information you need to successfully report PQRS. The webinar covers the following:

  • Why report quality measures?
  • Who should participate in PQRS?
  • How many quality measures need to be reported in 2016?
  • What are dermatology specific measures in 2016?
  • How to report PQRS
  • What is the MAV process?
  • How to get started reporting PQRS
  • What are deadlines for reporting PQRS?


Download the webinar Powerpoint.

Your PQRS questions answered
The Academy's expert staff answers the top 10 questions about PQRS below: