The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is proposing to add 29 new quality measures that physicians must report on in 2014 when participating in the group practice reporting option of the Physician Quality Reporting System.

That means physicians reporting as a group under PQRS have the additional measures to collect and report, with the quality scores reflected on the federal Physician Compare consumer-oriented Web site no earlier than 2015, CMS says in a proposed rule setting the physician fee schedule and payment policies for Medicare Part B in 2014.

In broad categories, the proposed new measures cover medication reconciliation, hemoglobin and blood pressure control, multiple cardiac care best practices, and screening/follow-up for breast and colorectal cancer, adult weight, clinical depression, tobacco use, flu immunization and older adult vaccination.

“By proposing to include on Physician Compare performance on these measures reported by participants under the GPRO through registries and EHRs, as well as the GPRO web interface, we continue to provide beneficiaries with a consistent set of measures over time,” CMS notes in the proposed rule, being published July 19 and now available here.

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