The system used by physicians and other eligible providers to indicate reporting preferences, submit data, receive feedback reports, and other tasks for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) is being retired and replaced by another online tool.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced that the Individuals Authorized Access to CMS Computer Services (IACS) system will be retired on July 13, 2015. Current IACS user accounts will transition to an existing CMS system called Enterprise Identity Management (EIDM). The EIDM system provides a way for business partners to apply for, obtain approval, and receive a single user ID for accessing multiple CMS applications.
Existing PQRS IACS users, their data, and roles will be moved to EIDM and will be accessible from the PQRS Portal portion of the CMS Enterprise Portal. Users will then access the PQRS Portal to submit data, retrieve submission reports, view feedback reports, or conduct various administrative and maintenance activities. New PQRS users will need to register for an EIDM account.
What Should You Do?
- Watch for more information about this transition to be announced by CMS in the coming weeks and months.
- CMS recommends that providers keep their IACS accounts and passwords active and current to help ensure a smoother transition to EIDM.
- For additional assistance regarding IACS or EIDM, contact the QualityNet Help Desk at 1-866-288-8912 (TTY 1-877-715-6222) from 7 am to 7 pm CT Monday through Friday or via email at email@example.com.
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