On February 7, 2013, CMS published a notice soliciting information on ways in which an eligible professional (EP) might use the clinical quality measures (CQM) data reported to specialty boards, specialty societies, regional health care quality organizations or other non-federal reporting programs to also report under the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), as well as the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program. The notice also solicits ways in which the entities already collecting CQM data for other reporting programs could submit this data on behalf of EPs and group practices for reporting under the PQRS and the EHR Incentive Program. It also requests information regarding section 601(b) of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, which provides for treating an EP as satisfactorily reporting data on quality measures if the EP is satisfactorily participating in a qualified clinical data registry. CMS is requesting feedback on a series of specific questions related to these topics from medical specialty societies, boards, and registries, other third party registry vendors, eligible professionals using registries to report quality measures, and other interested parties. While CMS is not seeking to change the requirements for the EHR Incentive Program in 2014, CMS is looking at how alignment of certain requirements present in both federal and non-federal CQM reporting programs could reduce the burden for eligible professionals and accelerate quality improvement. Comments will be accepted until April 8, 2013.