Medicare Begins 2008 PQRI Payments

Medicare began making 2008 incentive payments to physicians participating in the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) on Oct. 12. The physicians also will begin receiving feedback reports this month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services says.

The American Medical Association reports that modifications to the PQRI's analytics and algorithms necessitated by problems with 2007 PQRI claims processing means physicians first identified as unsuccessful participants may receive a 2007 incentive payment, known as a "re-run payment," in November and a revised 2007 feedback report in October.

The Individuals Authorized Access to the CMS Computer Services (IACS) will distribute feedback reports to group practices. Physician practices must have an approved Medicare enrollment application to register for IACS. For questions about IACS registration, e-mail the IACS registration help desk at EUSSupport[at]cgi[dot]com , or call (866)484-8049.

AMA says Medicare officials have indicated they will have an alternative process for individual feedback reports, possibly tied to secure e-mail access. The officials will explain the process in a conference call at 1:30 pm on Oct. 15. Register at to participate.

Action , Oct. 16, 2009

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