By R. Chad Mather, MD; Carolyn Hettrich, MD, and Ryan Nunley, MD
Quality initiatives are moving from incentives to penalties
The quality reporting movement has been gaining in strength and momentum for several years. Although quality reporting was initially voluntary and promoted solely through the use of incentive payments, more recent efforts to improve reporting of quality measures have also included penalties for nonreporting. Similarly, efforts to encourage adoption of electronic health records (EHR) and electronic prescribing (e-RX) have also included both incentives and penalties.