The CMS in 2008 paid more than $92 million in incentives to doctors under the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative, up 155% compared with $36 million paid in 2007. PQRI is a voluntary program that allows physicians and other eligible healthcare professionals to receive incentive payments for reporting data on quality measures related to services furnished to Medicare beneficiaries. More than 153,600 professionals participated in the 2008 PQRI. Of those, the agency reported that more than 85,000 physicians and other eligible professionals successfully reported quality-related data. For 2010, providers who participate in the PQRI can earn 2% bonus payments, up from current bonus payments of 1.5%.
Late News: PQRI gave docs $92 million in incentives during 2008
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