The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has three four incentive payment programs from which physicians and other eligigble professionals can boost their payments. The Programs include the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Initiative, the E-Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program, the Physician Quality reporting System (PQRS), and the Value-Based Payment Modifier. More information about each program can be found below.
How to Become a "Meaningful User" of Electronic Health Records
Provides general information about the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Payment
Program for "meaningul users" of health information technology.
Read IDSA News articles from August 2010 and February 2011 for additional information about the meaningful
CMS provided a list of 2013 qualified EHR Direct Vendors for PQRS reporting.
Register and Attest to Become a "Meaningful User" of Health Information
Click here to view a flow chart designed
to assist providers in determining their eligibility for EHR Incentive Payments.
Please contact the EHR Information Center Help Desk for Questions concerning registration,
TTY: (888) 734-6563.
Read an IDSA News article from April 2011 for additional information about the attestation
eRx Incentive Program Website
Comprehensive eRx Incentive Program information available through the CMS website.
Getting Started with PV-PQRS ReportingThe Physician Value-Physician Quality Reporting System (PV-PQRS) Registration System is a new application to serve the Physician Value Modifier and PQRS programs. The PV-PQRS Registration System will be open from July 15, 2013 to October 15, 2013. Read the summary and learn how to register and start reporting.
ID-Specific PQRS Resources
Information for ID physicians on how to earn incentive payments through Medicare
PQRS Incentive Payments.
ID-Specific PQRS Measures Finder Tool
Includes a list of PQRS measures that may be reportable by infectious diseases physicians.
Comprehensive PQRS information available through the CMS website.
Over the next several years, Medicare is required by the Affordable Care Act to
provide confidential feedback reports to physicians on their quality and cost of
care. These feedback reports will lay the groundwork for implementation of a Value
Based Payment Modifier that will pay physicians' differentially based on their performance
beginning in 2015. It is likely that some of the information included in the confidential
feedback reports will eventually be made publicly available through Medicare's Physician Compare Website.
IDSA and other physician groups believe that the performance data underpinning the
physician feedback reports and the Value-Based Payment Modifier must be based on
clinically valid and risk-adjusted measures that attribute care to the appropriate
physicians. The Society also has expressed concern that differential payments under
the Value-Based Payment modifier will be implemented in 2015 concurrently with separate
payment penalties under the Physician Quality Reporting System.
IDSA Resources on Value-Based Payment models
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