Incorrect CMS PQRS Penalty Notifications

Some of our providers, including those enrolled in the Partners In Care ACO who are exempt from the PQRS program requirements altogether, have received letters from CMS indicating that they will be assessed a penalty in 2017 for failure to comply with the PQRS quality incentive program. CMS has admitted that they have sent some of these letters in error and has created a PQRS Look Up Tool through which providers may verify if their Tax ID Number is actually subject to the 2017 penalty. Providers may go to to look up the status of their TIN/NPI combination(s).