Medicare quality reporting bonuses still available

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted May 31, 2010

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Doctors still can participate in the 2010 Medicare Physician Quality Reporting Initiative and receive incentive payments, even if they haven't been reporting measures yet this year. A new six-month reporting period begins July 1.

The 2010 PQRI has two reporting periods, 12 months (Jan. 1 to Dec. 31) and six months (July 1 to Dec. 31). Physicians who report a sufficient amount of PQRI measures for one of those periods will be eligible to receive incentives equal to 2% of total Medicare Part B pay received during that stretch of time.

PQRI claims-based reporting involves adding quality data codes to claims submitted for billing. Eligible physicians do not need to sign up or pre-register to participate, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Submission of quality data through a qualified registry also will indicate intent to participate. There are four options that physicians can use to begin reporting PQRI data for 2010.

More information is available online (link).

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