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Posted on 10. Jan, 2010 by .
Back again for 2010 is Medicare’s incentive-driven physician quality reporting initiative (PQRI), aimed at tracking quality metric or patient care services that physicians provide. When the practice treats enough patients in the same category, some PQRI dollars might be only a few codes away.
If you know the basics and focus your efforts, PQRI reporting can be a breeze and a boon to your bottom line. Check out this rundown on “The Whats?” of PQRI.
What’s In it for Me?
Coders can garner an extra payout for PQRI-eligible patients that your group treats and you code correctly; for 2010, Medicare will fork over a 2 percent bonus if you meet certain criteria.
Lowdown: In order to qualify for the PRQI bonus, you have to report on at least three of 179 PQRI measures in 80 percent of the eligible cases, explains Alice Marie Reybitz, RN, BA, CPC, CPC-H, CHI, a healthcare coding and billing consultant based in Belleair, Fla.
What Extra Coding Work Is Involved?