Why do some physicians and healthcare professionals choose to participate in Physician Quality Reporting?
Physicians and other healthcare professionals who participate get information from Medicare that can help them improve the quality of the care they give to patients. Physicians and other healthcare professionals may get an extra payment from Medicare for sending the information, based on additional regulations and program rules. This extra payment can help cover the physician's or other healthcare professional's costs for collecting the additional information for Medicare.
Why did some physicians and healthcare professionals choose not participate in Physician Quality Reporting in 2010?
Some physicians and other healthcare professionals may not have participated in Physician Quality Reporting during the current program year for various reasons. Learn more about why physicians and other healthcare professionals might not have participated.
What are the Physician Group Practice Demonstration and the Medicare Care Management Performance Demonstration?
Over 660 physician practices of all sizes have participated in the demonstrations that reward physician groups for improving and delivering high quality health care. Physicians participating in the demonstrations submit quality measures focusing on chronic conditions (such as diabetes, heart failure, and coronary artery disease) and preventive care (such as hypertension, immunizations for flu and pneumonia, and cancer screening). These targeted conditions are highly relevant to the Medicare population. Each physician group's annual results are compared to benchmarks, and groups that meet the benchmarks are eligible for performance-based incentive payments.