The CMS in 2008 paid more than $92 million in incentives to doctors under the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative compared with $36 million paid in 2007. The 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 162,800 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, receiving incentive payments totaling more than $92 million—well above the $36 million paid in 2007. “We are very pleased with the results for 2008,” says Charlene Frizzera, acting CMS administrator, in a written statement. “More health professionals have successfully reported data, and the substantial growth in the national total for PQRI incentive payments demonstrates that Medicare can align payment with quality incentives.” The CMS updated incentives for the PQRI recently under its 2010 Medicare physician fee schedule final rule. For the 2010 calendar year, providers who participate can earn 2% bonus payments, up from current bonus payments of 1.5%. In addition, the CMS is expanding reporting options and reporting periods, as well as streamlining reporting requirements of its electronic prescribing measures for 2010.
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