According to data on amednews.com, 63% of qualifying pathologists were participating in the CMS PQRS program for reporting year 2011. Of those who participated, 92% earned a bonus of 1%. This provided an average increase of income per pathologist of $857, with the lowest individual bonus paid being $3 and highest $15,645. The bonus for participation in 2013 and 2014 is ½%, while failure to participate subjects physicians to a penalty in 2015 and beyond. APS continues to submit PQRS codes for all qualifying clients via the claims submission option. If you have further questions about this program and your participation, please contact your Account Manager.
In working through the wide variety of billing arrangements, APS found payments that we had been missing.