Additional Incentives Tied to Maintenance of Certification Activities

The American Board of Surgery (ABS) has been approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) for the 2013 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) MOC Incentive. This incentive allows physicians participating in PQRS reporting to earn an additional 0.5% on Medicare Part B charges by also participating in an approved Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program “more frequently” than what is required to maintain board certification. Surgeons must also participate in a patient experience of care survey to earn the incentive.

Surgeons not yet enrolled in the ABS MOC Program must pass a recertification exam in 2013 to be eligible. Even if certified by more than one board of the American Board of Medical Specialties , participants cannot receive more than one MOC incentive payment.

For more information about PQRS reporting, visit www.cms.gov/pqrs.

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