Manasquan, NJ, USA (PRWEB) January 3, 2007
Physician participation in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) quality reporting initiative is still voluntary, but beginning in the second half of 2007, physicians who share this data electronically with the federal program will receive a 1.5 percent financial incentive from Medicare. The CMS physician voluntary reporting program (PVRP) will also expand in 2007 the number of quality measures on which physicians may report.
To analyze the latest developments in the CMS PVRP initiative, the Healthcare Intelligence Network (HIN) is sponsoring "CMS' Voluntary Physician Reporting Program: Preparing for the Feedback and 2007 Updates," a live interactive audio conference on January 9, 2007 at 1:30 p.m. Eastern time. During this audio conference, industry experts will preview what 2007 will bring for PVRP and provide lessons learned on participating in this program. They'll also suggest ways to incorporate the feedback physicians will receive from CMS into an overall quality improvement program. For more information, please visit http://www.hin.com/cgi-local/link/news/pl.cgi?cmspvrp2007pr
Scheduled to present during this 90-minute audio conference are Dr. Bruce Bagley, medical director of quality improvement with the American Academy of Family Physicians, and Dr. Ronald Bangasser, a family practice physician with Beaver Medical Group of Redlands, Calif. They will provide an update on CMS' voluntary reporting program and describe the impact the program revisions will have on physician practices in 2007. They will offer details on:
- Evaluating whether a physician practice should participate or continue to participate in CMS' voluntary program;
- Preparing for participation in the program;
- What data collection efforts a practice should put in place;
- Lessons learned from organizations already participating in the voluntary reporting program; and
- What 2007 will bring to the program, including the 1.5 percent financial incentive legislated at the end of 2006.
For more information, please visit http://www.hin.com/cgi-local/link/news/pl.cgi?cmspvrp2007pr .
"As many in the industry will recall, a similar chain of events ultimately led to the mandatory reporting of quality data by hospitals and to the launching of the CMS 'Hospital Compare' Quality Comparison Tool," explains Melanie Matthews, HIN executive vice president and chief operating officer. "This voluntary phase is an opportune time for physicians to familiarize themselves with the quality reporting initiative and take advantage of both the financial incentives and feedback from CMS."
The audio conference will be held on January 9, 2006 at 1:30 p.m. Eastern time.
The 90-minute live audio conference includes a 30-minute question-and-answer period for participants. A recorded version on CD-ROM with a printed transcript will be available in late January, and an "On-Demand" audio conference re-broadcast can be accessed beginning January 12, 2007. To register and obtain additional details about the audio conference, please visit http://www.hin.com/cgi-local/link/news/pl.cgi?cmspvrp2007pr.
This audio conference has been designed to address the interests of CEOs; medical directors; disease management directors, managers and coordinators; health plan executives, care management nurses; business development and strategic planning directors, state Medicare directors; and quality improvement executives.
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