Unfortunately, PQRI does not take a little time to explain! Basically what you would need to do is go through the list of measures and pick at least three (I think) measures that you want to keep statistics on for CMS. There are hundreds of measures to choose from. Basically if you report these measures at least 80% of the time for your measure, you will receive a "bonus" payment of 2%. You would either have to do this for the entire year or for 6 months beginning with July 1. I understand that now it is voluntary to participate, however in the future it will be a requirement by Medicare and eventually you will be penalized 2% for not participating.
The docs in one of our groups reports the measures for smoking, pnuemonia and flu shots. There are specific codes that need to be appended to the claim for that date of service. The codes must accompany the claim you submit for the patient services that specific date - you can't send a separate claim for the PQRI codes. The drs. documentation must reflect the information in the measure you are reporting - i.e. if the patient smokes or not must be documented in the chart. When we chose our measures, we looked at what our drs. normally did for each visit and what they normally documented so as not to cause them an further confusion. Each measure has the directions, the demographics of the patient's you would be keeping track of and the codes.
This is a brief description of PQRI - hopefully it helps you a bit. CMS has a better description - although the reports are quite lenghty.
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