Medicare is analyzing the results from the first year of its Physician Quality Reporting Initiative and gearing up to modify the program for 2008.
The 2007 project, voluntary for physicians who treat Medicare beneficiaries, was designed to provide financial incentives for doctors to report on 74 quality measures. Incentives are based only on reporting the measures, not patient outcomes, although the project does provide performance feedback as well. Physicians will receive a bonus of 1.5% of total allowed charges under the 2007 physician fee schedule.
The CMS has seen an increase in participation among providers over the first year, said Daniel Green, a physician with the CMS' Office of Clinical Standards and Quality. He presented an overview of the PQRI project on Sunday during a session at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's 2008 annual conference.
Physicians who participated in the project can expect to receive their feedback reports and incentives later in the summer, Green said after his presentation.
The 2008 PQRI program will require physicians to report on 119 measures chosen from measures endorsed by several quality groups, including the National Quality Forum and the American Medical Association's Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement, Green said in his presentation.
This year's project will also track five measures in the adoption of healthcare information technology, such as electronic medical records. The 1.5% incentive will remain the same, but it will be calculated based on the 2008 physician fee schedule, Green said.