New PQRI Tools Available to Assist Members with Participation

January 15, 2009

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The American Medical Association (AMA) has developed tools to assist physicians in participating in the 2009 PQRI program. The tools for individual quality measures include a description of the measure, a step-by-step data collection sheet, and the coding specifications for a particular measure. Tools for measures groups contain a description of the measures group, a step-by-step data collection sheet, and codes to determine measure eligibility as a part of the data collection sheet.

Physicians and other eligible professionals who satisfactorily report data on quality measures for covered professional services furnished between January 1, 2009, and December 31, 2009, will receive an incentive payment equal to 2 percent of the total estimated allowed charges for all covered professional services furnished during the reporting period.

There are 153 measures on which physicians and other eligible professionals can report. Of these 153 measures, 131 of them are available to be reported as individual quality measures via claims-based submission.

There are a several reporting options available for the 2009 PQRI program. For reporting through claims, physicians and other eligible professionals can submit data on individual quality measures or measures groups. In addition, many individual measures and measures groups can be reported via submission of data through qualified registries, as determined by CMS.

Read more about the PQRI program and new tools:

2009 PQRI Tools

Additional Information on the CMS PQRI Program

2009 Neurology PQRI Measures and Specifications