CMS updates 2008 PQRI program

By Marty Krawczyk

Recently, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced changes to the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI), a claims-based voluntary pay-for-reporting program that began in 2007. These changes open the program to physicians who did not begin participating on Jan. 1, 2008, and provide for alternate reporting options.

The AAOS Web site ( has complete information on how the PQRI currently works and the 13 measures that are generally applicable to orthopaedics this year. In 2008, physicians can report on 119 individual quality measures, of which 117 are clinical measures and 2 are structural measures. The structural measures apply broadly across specialties and document that the provider has adopted either a qualified electronic medical record or a qualified e-Prescribing system.

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