Physician Incentive plans

September/October 2011 Issue
The EHR Incentive Program: Consider Waiting for Next Year [Opinion]

It may get easier and cheaper to earn the incentive.

January/February 2011 Issue
Should Your Practice Participate in a Quality-Reporting Program? [Feature]

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 [2009]) offer practical suggestions based on their research.

September/October 2010 Issue
A Physician's Guide to the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs: The Basics [Feature]

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."

March/April 2010 Issue
Should Doctors Reject the Government's EHR Incentive Plan? [Opinion]

It's a big hill to climb for a carrot that may not be there when you reach the top.

January/February 2010 Issue
The Physician Quality Reporting Initiative: Secrets to Success [Feature]

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.

Jul-Aug 2009 Issue
"Will the Feds Really Buy Me an EHR?" and Other Commonly Asked Questions About the HITECH Act [Feature]

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.

Jan-Feb 2009 Issue
E-Prescribing: Why the Fuss? [Feature]

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.

Nov-Dec 2007 Issue
Payer Trend: 'Tiering' Physicians and 'Steering' Patients [Feature]

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.

Jun 2007 Issue
Measuring for Medicare: The Physician Quality Reporting Initiative [Feature]

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.

May 2002 Issue
A Productivity Primer [Salaried FP]

The author describes the different ways physician productivity is currently being measured and how those measurements are being used.

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