Nov 1st, 2012
Melissa Brown, CPC, CPC-I, CFPC, RHIA  As I watched the summer Olympics this past August, I couldn’t help but think about the correlation to the trend for “pay for performance,” or P4P, we face in health care. The Olympians used various approaches to prepare themselves for the Olympics, but they all had one goal in ...
Nov 1st, 2012
By Stephen C. Spain, MD, FAAFP, CPC Angela “Annie” Boynton, BS, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-P, CPC-I, RHIT, CCS, CCS-P, CPhT Editor’s note: Health care reform brings a number of new concepts to coding, billing, compliance, and practice management. The most far reaching—especially from an organizational point of view—are accountable care organizations (ACOs). Below is the first ...
In CMS
Jul 15th, 2011
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on July 6 three new fact sheets for the 2011 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS): Physician Quality Reporting System: Satisfactorily Reporting 2011 Physician Quality Reporting System Measures – Claims and Registry Fact Sheet 2011 Physician Quality Reporting System Made Simple for Reporting the Preventive Care Measures Group ...
In CMS
Apr 15th, 2011
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) recently changed the Internet URL for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) to reflect the recent change from Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI). The new URL is the central point on the CMS website for any information about the physician quality reporting tracking system. PQRS URL Changes was last modified: ...
Feb 1st, 2011
Big changes to PQRI in 2011 put pay for performance in the spotlight. By Penny Osmon, BA, CPC, CPCI, CHC, PCS Updates to the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) signal that the shift from pay for reporting to pay-for-performance has begun. The 2011 Physician Fee Schedule final rule, issued Nov. 2, 2010 by the Centers ...