The PQRS Oncology Measures Group PQI template is a free companion offering to the ASTRO PQRSwizard and guides participants through the required steps to complete an American Board of Radiology (ABR) qualified PQI project. Download the PQRS Oncology Measures Group PQI template today!
The ASTRO PQRSwizard is an online registry tool that provides a step-by-step guide to collect and report data to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) using either individual measures and the Oncology Measures Group. The Oncology Measures Group is an alternative to individual measures reporting option that significantly reduces the burden of participation in PQRS because, instead of having to report on 80 percent of all patients for 3 measures, providers are only required to report on 20 unique patients, a majority of which must be Medicare FFS patients.
Beginning in 2013, registered participants of the ASTRO PQRSwizard who report using the Oncology Measures Group can use their participation as a base for fulfilling the Part IV Practice Quality Improvement (PQI) requirements of Maintenance of Certification (MOC) that have been established by the American Board of Radiology (ABR). To begin, interested participants should download the free template.
This project is based on the ABR’s four-part Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) process for continuous quality improvement. Participants will link two PDSA cycles together to create an action-oriented improvement plan that assesses the effects of their quality improvement strategy. For the purposes of this project, each of the two consecutive PDSA cycles will coincide with two consecutive PQRS reporting period.
Participants are responsible for documenting their project using the outline included in the template. Participants will not submit their partially or fully completed template to ASTRO at any point during their project. Once completed, participants must personally attest to its completion on the myABR website in accordance with the ABR’s MOC requirements. While ASTRO is able to confirm an individual’s participation in the PQRSwizard, ASTRO will not be collecting, reviewing, or validating individual participant’s projects.
The PQRS Oncology Measures Group PQI Template is qualified for physicians and physicists by the American Board of Radiology in meeting the criteria for practice quality improvement (PQI), toward the purpose of fulfilling requirements in the ABR Maintenance of Certification Program. The activity was approved on November 11, 2013, and expires on November 10, 2019.
Please contact the Education Department with any questions about the PQI template and Priya Lamba with any questions about the ASTRO PQRSwizard.