APAPO launches PQRS registry

This new online service is designed for practicing psychologists.   

The American Psychological Association Practice Organization (APAPO) is pleased to announce the launch of APAPO PQRSPRO, a new service designed to help psychologists report quality measures through Medicare’s Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS).


Practitioners can access the registry online at:

After exploring several options for collaboration, the APA Practice Organization teamed up with Healthmonix, a leading health care data and technology company, to develop APAPO PQRSPRO.
New to PQRS? 

We understand that some practitioners may be unfamiliar with PQRS.


To learn more about this program, visit the Quality Improvement Programs section of APAPO’s Practice Central website. Further, staff for APAPO PQRSPRO are available to assist psychologists who have questions about getting started with the system.

This registry is unique in focusing on PQRS measures used by mental and behavioral health providers.


Registry reporting is one of three mechanisms generally available for participating in PQRS. The other options involve using an electronic health record (EHR) system or reporting measures on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) claims forms.


Compared to claims-based reporting, PQRS participants have higher rates of success when reporting through registries and EHRs. CMS data show that claims-based reporting has a 56-percent success rate, compared to the better than 99-percent success rate by Healthmonix.  Further, practitioners should be aware that CMS recently indicated that it will not continue to support claims-based reporting for PQRS indefinitely.


Psychologists who are Medicare providers can still participate in PQRS for 2014 by signing up at the new APAPO PQRSPRO registry no later than January 30, 2015 and reporting by February 15. By successfully reporting on PQRS measures for the 2014 reporting period (calendar year 2014), psychologists earn a 0.5 percent bonus on their entire 2014 Medicare charges; they also avoid a 2 percent penalty in 2016 that will apply to Medicare providers who fail to participate successfully in PQRS for 2014.


Staff for the APAPO PQRSPRO system offer advice on PQRS reporting options and have expertise in determining the best approach for your reporting. Among the benefits of registry reporting, the APAPO PQRSPRO system automatically calculates and validates your data to ensure successful submission.


The registry can be used to submit PQRS measures for 2014 even if you have already submitted a claim to Medicare and have been reimbursed for the related service.  If you had been using claims-based reporting for 2014, you have the option of transitioning to APAPO PQRSPRO to help ensure successful reporting. Both methods will be included in your 2014 PQRS feedback report from CMS; the agency will choose the best outcome for your success.
Information about how to use the APAPO PQRSPRO registry is available on the registry website, which includes tutorials to guide participants through the reporting process. Registry staff members are available to provide support to participants.


The online APAPO PQRSPRO registry is available at a discounted price of $199 (regularly $299) per provider for each reporting year, with further discounts for group practices with five or more providers.

According to APAPO Executive Director Katherine C. Nordal, PhD, self-reporting on CMS claim forms is getting more difficult as the program evolves.

“As PQRS becomes more difficult to navigate, we’re concerned that some practitioners who use claims-based reporting will face a Medicare payment penalty,” says Dr. Nordal. “We want to help our members succeed in PQRS by offering this registry.”