It is not too late to start participating in Medicare’s Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) and potentially qualify to receive incentive payments for reporting on applicable quality measures. A new half- year reporting period begins July 1.
To qualify for the incentive payment for the half-year reporting period, ID physicians must use the registry-based reporting option of individual PQRI measures. First, review the list of “Medicare-qualified” registries and pick a registry that allows for reporting of the PQRI measures most applicable to your practice. For example, if you have a large HIV patient population, you may want to select a registry that allows for reporting of the HIV measures. Once you’ve selected a registry , you must report on at least three individual 2009 PQRI measures for at least 80 percent of your applicable Medicare patients seen during the last 6 months of 2009.
For more information about how to participate in this voluntary program and qualify for a 2 percent incentive payment through Medicare, please visit IDSA’s Quality Improvement Resources and Tools web page. Click on the PQRI Measures Specifications tool for a list of measures that are applicable to the infectious diseases specialty. Contact Jason Scull of IDSA staff with any questions.
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