ID physicians will see a modest increase in Medicare payments for 2009—more than most specialties and certainly better than the steep cuts that were originally proposed. But more payment cuts could come in future years, unless Congress takes action.
IDSA has online tools (log in required) to help ID physicians estimate the impact on their own practices for 2009.
ID physicians also can increase their total Medicare payments by an additional 2 percent by reporting quality data through the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) and another 2 percent by submitting prescriptions electronically. For information on how to participate in the PQRI and E-Prescribing Incentive programs, visit IDSA’s Quality Improvement Resources and Tools web page. (For more on why you should participate, see this article in this month’s IDSA News.)
IDSA members can also use an online Toolkit to support the Society’s ongoing advocacy efforts on Medicare payment.
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