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Achieve Success with PQRS: Mastering the Measures, 2015

Paula Hartman-Stein, PhD

CE Credit: 2 Hours

Target Audience: Psychology CE | Social Work CE

Learning Level: Intermediate

Course Type: Test Only

Course Abstract


This is a test only course (2 DVDs, not included). The DVDs can be purchased from the publisher's website.

The Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), the first step toward pay-for-performance, is part of a broad initiative from the federal government and private insurance companies aimed at advancing health care quality and value over volume. PQRS encourages clinicians to attend to issues such as safety, healthy lifestyles, and improvement of care coordination. Policy experts predict that PQRS will not be limited to Medicare but will be required by most third party payers in the near future. This 2-hour course will walk you through each step of the PQRS process, providing pragmatic clinical suggestions that will help you navigate the maze of regulations, provide guidance for successful participation, and ultimately improve quality of care of your patients.

Course #21-06 | 2015 | 18 posttest questions 

Learning Objectives

1. Identify the historical origins behind the increasing emphasis on quality initiatives in American health care that underlie the Physician Quality Reporting System
2. List professional and ethical issues related to participation in PQRS
3. Name six quality measures under the domains of patient safety and community/population health
4. Identify current regulations demonstrating how the federal government measures quality in behavioral healthcare
5. Name three evidence-based instruments used to screen for elder abuse, depression, and pain
6. Identify the projected trajectory of regulatory initiatives from pay-for-reporting to pay-for-performance

Professional Development Resources, #1046, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Professional Development Resources maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 6/12/2019 - 6/12/2022. Social workers completing this course receive 2 clinical continuing education credits.

Professional Development Resources is also approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling (Provider #BAP346); the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapist Board (Provider #RCST100501); and the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners (#5678).


This test-only course provides instant access to the CE test that enables you to earn CE credit for viewing the published DVDs (DVDs NOT included in your course enrollment). After enrolling, click on My Account and scroll down to My Active Courses. From here you’ll see links to Download/Print or Take CE Test (you can print the test to mark your answers on it while reading the course book).

Successful completion of the online CE test (80% required to pass, 3 chances to take) and course evaluation are required to earn a certificate of completion. Click here to learn more.

About the Author(s)

Paula Hartman-Stein, PhD, a clinical psychologist, consultant, and Medicare correspondent for The National Psychologist newspaper, was the Chair of the first psychology and social work Expert Work Group to develop quality measures. Currently she serves on the expert panel for the Elder Maltreatment screen. Dr. Hartman-Stein graduated from Kent State University and obtained the interdisciplinary geriatric clinical development award through Case Western University. For over 20 years she has worked at the Center for Healthy Aging, a private practice in Kent, Ohio. A prolific writer, she has two edited books, Innovative Behavioral Healthcare for Older Adults (1998) and Enhancing Cognitive Fitness in Adults (2011), numerous book chapters and refereed publications on healthy aging and psychology practice issues, and over 100 news articles.


Financial: Dr. Hartman-Stein receives honoraria from Signature Consulting Group, consulting fees from PhyBill, and has an ownership position with the Center for Healthy Aging.

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

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