The CMS paid more than $234 million in Physician Quality Reporting System bonuses in 2009, the agency announced, more than double the $92 million paid in 2008.
CMS: $234 million in PQRS bonuses paid in '09
In addition, in 2009, the first year of the CMS' e-prescribing incentive program, CMS paid $148 million to 48,354 physicians and other eligible professionals, according to a CMS news release.
The average 2009 bonus payment under the PQRS, formerly known as the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative, was $1,956 per eligible professional and $18,525 per practice. The CMS noted that 119,804 physicians and other eligible professionals in 12,647 practices satisfactorily reported quality data that qualified them for a bonus. The average bonus payment for the e-prescribing program was just over $3,000 per eligible professional and $14,501 per practice, according to the CMS.
Providers who are able to participate in the two programs but don't will see payment reductions from Medicare beginning in 2012 for the e-prescribing program and in 2015 for the PQRS, according to the release.
The physician quality data will be added to the CMS' Physician Compare website by 2013.
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