How do I prepare for the PQRS Penalty Informal Review?

In 2017, CMS may apply a penalty to individual eligible professionals (EPs), Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) practice sites, and group practices who participated in the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) group practice reporting option (GPRO) (including Accountable Care Organizations [ACOs]) that did not satisfactorily report PQRS in 2015. Individuals and groups that receive the 2017 penalty will not receive a 2015 PQRS incentive payment.

Individual EPs, designated support staff/vendors, and PQRS group practices that believe they have been incorrectly assessed the 2017 PQRS negative payment adjustment may request to have an informal review of their PQRS reporting performance.To request an informal review (when available), visit the Physician and Other Health Care Professionals Quality Reporting Portal then select “Communication Support Page” under “Related Links” in the upper left navigation pane. In the drop-down menu, select “Informal Review Request” and choose the appropriate option.

An informal review may be requested if the feedback report reveals that the individual EP or PQRS group practice disagrees with the analysis of satisfactory reporting to avoid a future payment adjustment. Informal review requests for 2015 reporting results may be submitted in the fall of 2016. Please note that the informal review decision will be final, and there will be no further review.


If you completed PQRS EHR reporting for the 2015 reporting year, you may gather resources from Practice Fusion to submit with  your informal review. If you exported the PQRS attestation data from your PQRS Clinical Quality Measures Dashboard, you may locate the original file within the Documents tab of your Tasks section. The document can be found in either the Pending or Signed tabs.




The document title may begin with QRDA with the date it was initially exported. Click on the document title to review the file, then print or download the document to submit to CMS.




Please note that while Practice Fusion’s EHR contains a copy of the exported file, Practice Fusion cannot provide proof that the file was submitted for attestation during the review process.


Please review CMS's Payment Adjustment Information resource for more information.


For additional questions regarding the informal review process, contact the QualityNet Help Desk at 1-866-288-8912 (TTY 1-877-715-6222) or Qnetsupport@hcqis.org Monday-Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Central Time. To avoid security violations, do not include personal identifying information, such as Social Security Number or Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN), in e-mail inquiries to the QualityNet Help Desk.

Meaningful Use

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  2. How do I attest for Meaningful Use?
  3. How does the Meaningful Use Dashboard work?
  4. 2018 Medicaid Meaningful Use Stage 2 Objective 1: Protect Patient Health Information
  5. 2018 Medicaid Meaningful Use Stage 2 Objective 2: Clinical Decision Support
  6. 2018 Medicaid Meaningful Use Stage 2 Objective 3: CPOE for Medication, Lab, and Radiology Orders
  7. 2018 Medicaid Meaningful Use Stage 2 Objective 4: Electronic Prescribing (eRx)
  8. 2018 Medicaid Meaningful Use Stage 2 Objective 5: Health Information Exchange
  9. 2018 Medicaid Meaningful Use Stage 2 Objective 6: Patient-Specific Education
  10. 2018 Medicaid Meaningful Use Stage 2 Objective 7: Medication Reconciliation
  11. 2018 Medicaid Meaningful Use Stage 2 Objective 8: Patient Electronic Access
  12. 2018 Medicaid Meaningful Use Stage 2 Objective 9: Secure Electronic Messaging
  13. 2018 Medicaid Meaningful Use Stage 2 Objective 10: Public Health Reporting
  14. 2017 Medicaid Meaningful Use Stage 2 Objective 1: Protect Patient Health Information
  15. 2017 Medicaid Meaningful Use Stage 2 Objective 2: Clinical Decision Support
  16. 2017 Medicaid Meaningful Use Stage 2 Objective 3: CPOE for Medication, Lab, and Radiology Orders
  17. 2017 Medicaid Meaningful Use Stage 2 Objective 4: Electronic Prescribing (eRx)
  18. 2017 Medicaid Meaningful Use Stage 2 Objective 5: Health Information Exchange
  19. 2017 Medicaid Meaningful Use Stage 2 Objective 6: Patient-Specific Education
  20. 2017 Medicaid Meaningful Use Stage 2 Objective 7: Medication Reconciliation
  21. 2017 Medicaid Meaningful Use Stage 2 Objective 8: Patient Electronic Access
  22. 2017 Medicaid Meaningful Use Stage 2 Objective 9: Secure Electronic Messaging
  23. 2017 Medicaid Meaningful Use Stage 2 Objective 10: Public Health Reporting
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  26. 2017 Medicaid Meaningful Use Stage 2 Objective 10: Public Health - Specialized Registry Reporting
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  28. What are the exclusions for Meaningful Use?
  29. What patients are counted for Meaningful Use?
  30. How do the components of a chart note relate to Meaningful Use?
  31. How do I print the Meaningful Use Dashboard?
  32. How do I minimize or refresh CDS notifications?
  33. How can I send a referral using Direct Messaging?
  34. How does patient portal access and auto-invite relate to Meaningful Use?
  35. What constitutes a "unique" patient?
  36. Meaningful Use attestation for previous years
  37. How do Meaningful Use payment adjustments work?
  38. How do I apply for a Meaningful Use Hardship Exception?
  39. How do I find Practice Fusion's CMS EHR Certification ID?
  40. How do I register for the Medicaid Meaningful Use Program?
  41. Can I change, modify, or cancel my attestation?
  42. How do I choose my reporting period duration for Medicaid Meaningful Use?
  43. Is Practice Fusion a certified EHR?
  44. Patient records maintained in the EHR for Meaningful Use attestation
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  47. Do I have to meet all 10 objectives to achieve Meaningful Use?
  48. Can I participate in both MIPS (Medicare) and Meaningful Use (Medicaid)?
  49. Are there patient education materials available in Spanish?
  50. How do I select or change my reporting period start date?
  51. When do I need to sign chart notes for Meaningful Use? Can I sign a chart after the reporting period?
  52. How do I contact my state about the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program?
  53. How do I qualify for Meaningful Use if I see patients in multiple locations?
  54. How many exclusions can each provider claim for meaningful use?
  55. How do I use multiple EHR's to qualify for Medicaid Meaningful Use?
  56. What stage of Medicaid Meaningful Use am I in?
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