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Nov./Dec. 2009
Vol. 19 No. 11
Practice Management
Medicare Disburses Incentive Payments for 2008 PQRI
New ID Measures and Reporting Options Also Available for 2010

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced that over 85,000 physicians and other providers who reported on accountability measures through the 2008 Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) received incentive payments totaling more than $92 million. If you reported on these measures, click here for instructions on how to obtain your 2008 PQRI feedback reports.

For 2010, several new accountability measures and reporting options will be added to the PQRI.  These include four additional HIV/AIDS measures and measures group reporting options for both the HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C measures. These changes should enhance the ability of infectious diseases physicians to earn a 2 percent incentive payment under Medicare beginning next year.

Next year, Medicare will still not allow claims-based reporting of the HIV/AIDS measures—individual HIV/AIDS measures and the proposed measures group must be reported through a PQRI-qualified registry. However, given that Medicare is likely to transition away from claims-based reporting over the next few years, it is probably preferable to report through a registry.

To view the requirements for reporting and a full list of ID related measures, click here. For more information on the PQRI program, visit www.cms.hhs.gov/pqri.
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