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Latest Tally: CMS Pays Out More Than $400 Million in PQRS, Electronic Prescribing Incentives
By News Staff
On average, participation in the PQRS has grown by about 50 percent every year since the program began in 2007, said CMS.
"The significant growth in the Physician Quality Reporting System shows us that the health care community shares CMS' commitment to improving the quality and safety of care our beneficiaries receive," said CMS Administrator Donald Berwick, M.D.
CMS also said health care professionals in the program are complying more often with evidence-based care practices. "These increased reporting rates could signal a positive trend in the quality of health care Medicare beneficiaries receive from professionals who report data through the Physician Quality Reporting System," the agency said.
"Based on reported data on the 55 measures that have been a part of the (PQRS) since it began in 2007, providers have improved the frequency for which they deliver recommended care by about 3.1 percent on average. Similarly, of the 99 measures that were part of the (PQRS) in 2008 and 2009, performance improved (by) about 10.6 percent on average."
CMS also announced that it paid out $148 million to more than 48,000 physicians and other eligible health care professionals in 2009 for its e-Rx program. Physicians and other health care professionals in the e-Rx Incentive Program receive incentive payments for successfully prescribing medications electronically.
Eligible professionals who were successful e-prescribers received an average bonus payment of more than $3,000 per individual and $14,501 per practice.
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