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Physician Incentive plans
It may get easier and cheaper to earn the incentive.
The authors, who have published results of a study of the costs and benefits of participating in the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI), Improving Performance in Practice (IPIP), Bridges to Excellence (BTE) and a North Carolina program (Ann Fam Med 7:495-503 ) offer practical suggestions based on their research.
The article explains the final regulations that govern how physicians may start to receive incentive payments in 2011 for the "meaningful use of certified EHR technology."
It's a big hill to climb for a carrot that may not be there when you reach the top.
This article shares one practice's success story with the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) and provides readers with experienced advice and tips on reporting successfully.
The article answers physicians' questions about the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, which allocated $19.5 billion for the adoption of health care information technology and modified the HIPAA requirements.
The author outlines the pros and cons of ePrescribing, explains how it works in his practice and where it's part of his EMR system, and discusses stand-alone ePrescribing applications.
The article describes how health plans use physician profiling and advises readers about the options they and their practices have for working within in this system.
Starting in July 2007, physicians can earn Medicare bonus money by tracking their performance in certain areas; the article helps them set up their practices to take advantage of the opportunity.
The author describes the different ways physician productivity is currently being measured and how those measurements are being used.