Medical Examiner Training Course – April 26 and May 17, 2014

Did you know that you are now required to be certified to perform medical examinations for commercial driver’s licenses?

The National Department of Transportation has instituted The National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners, a new Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) program. It REQUIRES all medical examiners (MEs) who wish to perform physical examinations for interstate commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers to be trained and certified in FMCSA physical qualification standards. Effective May 21, 2014, all health care professionals who perform physical examinations and issue medical certificates for CMV drivers will be required to complete accredited training and pass an examination. Physicians maintain certification by completing periodic training every five years and recertify by passing the ME certification exam every 10 years. Arizona has adopted the national standards requiring this certification for ALL CDL exams.

The AzAFP is offering two accredited training programs on Saturday, April 26 and May 17, 2014 at the Desert Willow Conference Center (4340 E. Cotton Center Blvd, Phoenix). After completion of this course there are several testing locations throughout our state and some online options as well to complete the examination. We provide all of the materials and information you need, as well as breakfast, lunch, and snacks!

We have secured a complimentary room rate of $84.00 single/double occupancy plus applicable taxes at the Sheraton Phoenix Airport Hotel (1600 South 52nd Street, Tempe, 85281) for both courses. Reservations can be made by calling 480-967-6600 and ask for AzAFP Group room rate. (Rate for April 25th cut-off is April 11, Rate for May 16 cut-off is May 2)

Click Here to Register for April 26 Course!

Click Here to Register for May 17 Course!

Click Here to Download a Printable Registration Form for both courses!

2014 CMS Physician Fee Schedule Rule Updates for 2014

2014 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) Rule Updates Payment Policies and Quality Programs for Calendar Year 2014

On November 27, 2013, CMS issued a final rule that updates the payment policies and payment rates for services furnished under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) on or after January 1, 2014.

The rule changes several of the quality reporting initiatives that are associated with PFS payments, including the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), as well as changes to the Physician Compare tool on the website.

Finally, the rule includes the implementation of the Value-Based Payment Modifier (Value Modifier) that affects payment rates to certain groups of 10+ based on the quality and cost of care they furnish to beneficiaries enrolled in the traditional Medicare Fee-for-Service program.

Important 2014 PQRS Changes
The rule included several changes for the 2014 PQRS program. Major changes include:

  • Total of 284 measures in 2014
  • Increase in number of measures reported via claims and registry-based reporting mechanisms from 3 to 9
  • Change in reporting threshold for both individuals and groups reporting individual measures via registry  to 50% of the eligible professional’s (EP’s) applicable patients (from 80%)
  • Elimination of option to report on claims-based measures groups

Payment Adjustment Updates
In addition, the rule established the following:

  • EPs and group practices that meet the criteria for 2014 PQRS incentive will automatically avoid negative payment adjustment in 2016
  • EPs using the claims and registry-based reporting mechanisms as well as the newly implemented qualified clinical data registry reporting mechanism may report 3 measures on 50% of their applicable patients to avoid 2016 PQRS payment adjustments
  • Elimination of option to report on claims-based measures groups to avoid future payment adjustments

Group Practice Reporting Changes
For groups who wish to participate using the Group Practice Reporting Option (GPRO) in 2014, the rule included the following changes:

  • Creation of new reporting mechanism, the certified survey vendor reporting mechanism, that allows a group of 25 or more EPs to count reporting of Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Clinician & Group (CG CAHPS) survey measures towards meeting criteria for satisfactory reporting for the 2014 PQRS incentive and 2016 PQRS payment adjustment

For More Information
For more information about participating in PQRS in 2014, visit the CMS PQRS website. The final rule is available online.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has sent this update. To contact Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) go to our contact us page.

Join us in April for ACE 2014 at the Zoo!

Registration is now open for:

ACE in Phoenix – April 4-5, 2014

New Resources for practices:

Joining an ACO

Five Key Elements of a Physician Employment Agreement

Medicare Initiatives


PCMH Checklist

Direct Primary Care-An alternative practice model


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