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MGMA: Physicians Frustrated with PQRI

September 9, 2008
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According to a recent research report published by MGMA (Englewood, Colo.), medical practice leaders nationwide have voiced frustrations with Medicare’s Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI).

MGMA’s report indicates that physicians are frustrated with the lack of data available for improving patient outcomes, the administrative burden of participation, the difficulty in accessing and downloading the 2007 feedback reports, and the delay from the time data is submitted to the time reports are available, it states.

Of the practices able to obtain their PQRI reports, 69.8 percent reported “low” or “no” satisfaction with the document’s guidance in improving patient care outcomes, says MGMA. In addition, the company touts that an overwhelming percentage (92.9 percent) of respondents reported difficulty accessing their reports, with respondent practices spending an average of five hours downloading their final 2007 PQRI feedback reports from the CMS Web site.

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Physicians need to review the new 2008 Alternative Reporting Method put in place by CMS to help address these problems.

CMS recently authorized approximately 30 organizations/companies to submit PQRI data from patient registries on behalf of authorized providers. The data to be collected/submitted is pure clinical data and requires NO administrative codes or conversions. Most physicians will be able to satisfy their requirement within a few days.

My company's website, www.DocSite.com has an excellent description of the change in reporting methodology and links to CMS' website for further details.

Alex Burgess
DocSite, LLC

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