Saturday, October 09, 2010

2010 PQRI and e Prescribing National Provider Q & A Call Session

2010 Physician Quality Reporting Initiative & Electronic Prescribing Incentive Program

National Provider Call with Question & Answer Session

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Provider Communications Group will host a national provider conference call on the 2010 Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) and Electronic Prescribing Incentive Program (eRx). This toll-free call will take place from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., EST, on Wednesday, November 10, 2010.

The PQRI is voluntary quality reporting program that provides an incentive payment to identified individual eligible professionals (EPs), and beginning with the 2010 PQRI, group practices who satisfactorily report data on quality measures for covered Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) services furnished to Medicare Part B Fee-For-Service (FFS) beneficiaries.

The PQRI was first implemented in 2007 as a result of section 101 of the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006 (TRHCA), and further expanded as a result of the Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP Extension Act of 2007 (MMSEA), and the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPPA).

The eRx Incentive Program is an incentive program for eligible professionals initially implemented in 2009 as a result of section 132(b) of the MIPPA. The eRx Incentive Program promotes the adoption and use of eRx systems by individual eligible professionals and beginning with the 2010 eRx Incentive Program, group practices.

Following the formal presentation that will cover the following:

  • Overview of the 2011 rule and comments;

  • 2009 PQRI and eRx Incentive Program payment distribution and instructions for understanding these payments;
  • An overview for the use of the 2009 Feedback Report User Guides for PQRI and the eRx Incentive Program;
  • Discussion on the changes to the electronic remittance advice for eligible professionals receiving PQRI and eRx incentive payments in 2010; and
  • Participation in the 2010 eRX Incentive Program.

The lines will be opened to allow participants to ask questions of CMS PQRI and eRx subject matter experts. A PowerPoint slide presentation will be posted to the PQRI webpage at, on the CMS website for you to download prior to the call so that you can follow along with the presenter.

Educational products are available on the PQRI dedicated web page located at, , on the CMS website, in the Educational Resources section, as well as educational products are available on the eRx dedicated web page located at on the CMS website. Feel free to download the resources prior to the call so that you may ask questions of the CMS presenters.

Conference call details:

Date: November 10, 2010

Conference Title: Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) - National Provider Call

Time: 1:30 p.m. EST

In order to receive the call-in information, you must register for the call. It is important to note that if you are planning to sit in with a group, only one person needs to register to receive the call-in data. This registration is solely to reserve a phone line, NOT to allow participation.

Registration will close at 1:30 p.m. EST on November 9, 2010, or when available space has been filled. No exceptions will be made, so please be sure to register prior to this time.

  1. To register for the call participants need to go to:

  1. Fill in all required data.

  1. Verify that your time zone is displayed correctly in the drop down box.

  1. Click "Register".

  1. You will be taken to the “Thank you for registering” page and will receive a confirmation email shortly thereafter. Note: Please print and save this page, in the event that your server blocks the confirmation emails. If you do not receive the confirmation email, please check your spam/junk mail filter as it may have been directed there.

If assistance for hearing impaired services is needed the request must be sent to no later than 3 business day before the event.

For those of who will be unable to attend, a transcript and MP3 file of the call will be available at least one week after the call at on the CMS website.

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