CMS updates PQRI website for Physician quality reporting

The Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) has added an e-prescribing incentive program on the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) web site. The page includes a fact sheet that describes the MIPPA provisions for the e-prescribing incentive program. Additional information on the program and how to quality for the e-prescribing incentive for the 2009 reporting year will be posted in early November.

Visit here to see the new program. The incentive amount is based on HHS's estimate of claims submitted of allowed charges for all such Physician Fee Schedule covered professional services. The incentive percent amount for reporting years 2009 - 2010 is 2.0 percent; for reporting years 2011 - 2012 is 1.0 percent; and for reporting year 2013 it is 0.5 percent. There are some incentive limits. For purposes of qualifying for the incentive, an eligible professional shall be treated as a successful E-Prescriber if reporting the applicable e-prescribing quality measure in at least 50 percent of the cases in which such measure is reportable OR is deemed to have electronically submitted a sufficient number of prescriptions (as determined by HHS) under Part D.

(SOURCE: HCPro Quality Improvement Monitor, www.hcpro.com, October 17, 2008; CMS, www.cms.hhs.gov, accessed October 17, 2008)