Does an eligible professional’s (EP’s) electronic health record (EHR) system have to be 2014 certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT) on the first day of the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) reporting period, or is it acceptable for the system to be CEHRT by submission time?

EPs and group practices are not required to have 2014 CEHRT for the full year of PQRS or have 2014 CEHRT implemented on the first day of the reporting year, which is 1/1/2014. However, in order to participate in PQRS via an EHR-based reporting mechanism, EPs and group practices must submit the final set of data utilizing 2014 CEHRT. The EP or group practice will only be able to participate in 2014 PQRS if the new TIN implements 2014 CEHRT in time for submission. Therefore, EPs and group practices in this scenario will have access to a full year of data via 2014 CEHRT and will be able to participate in both the 2014 EHR Incentive Program and PQRS via EHR reporting method.

Please note that group practices participating in 2014 PQRS through the group practice reporting option (GPRO) via Web Interface are also required to use 2014 CEHRT to populate the Web Interface when participating in 2014 PQRS and the EHR Incentive Program.