CMS physician quality reporting and eRx incentive payments have increased since 2009

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services results for the 2010 Physician Quality Reporting System and the 2010 Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program show significant increases in participation and incentives paid to eligible health care professionals since 2009, according to a press release.

Both programs were designed to allow participants to earn incentive payments for reporting data on quality measures for services provided to Medicare beneficiaries.

Key findings from the 2010 Physician Quality Reporting System and eRx Experience Report include:

  • The Physician Quality Reporting System and the eRx Incentive Program, combined, paid about $662 million in incentives in 2010 across all participation options, up 72 percent from 2009.
  • 26% of physicians and other eligible professionals participated in the quality reporting program, of which 72% were eligible for incentives.
  • Physician specialties with the highest participation rate were cardiology (35.4 percent), ophthalmology (33.8 percent), and rheumatology (31.7 percent).
  • Almost 19% of physicians and other eligible professionals participated in the eRx program, of which 63% were eligible for incentives.

(Sources: AHA News Now, http://ahanews.com, April 3, 2012; Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, http://www.cms.gov, March 30, 2012)