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CMS announces transition of single sign-on IACS system

June 12, 2015
Area(s) of Interest: Health Information Technology Payor Issues and Reimbursement Practice Management Public Payors 


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) established the Individuals Authorized Access to the CMS Computer Services (IACS) as a means to provide a single user ID for business partners to access multiple CMS applications. For physician offices, this consists primarily of the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS)/eRx Physician Quality Reporting System and E-Prescribing Incentive Programs. 


CMS has announced that, on July 13, 2015, authorized users of the IACS system will be transitioned to the existing Enterprise Identity Management (EIDM) system. The EIDM system will allow a single user ID to access the new "PQRS Portal" section of the existing CMS Enterprise Portal, which is the current system that serves such programs as the PQRS Group Practice Reporting Option, Medicare Shared Savings Program for Accountable Care Organizations and Open Payments Program. To prepare for the transition, current IACS users will need to ensure their IACS account is active with a valid login, while new users will need to register for an EIDM account. Following the switch, users will be able to submit data, access reports and perform administrative tasks under the new PQRS Portal section.


For additional assistance regarding IACS or EIDM, contact the QualityNet Help Desk at (866) 288-8912 (TTY 1-877-715-6222) from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT, Monday through Friday, or via email at qnetsupport@hcqis.org.

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