This just in from our good friends at CMS: a tool kit for participating in the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI). Whether you participate or not, this program is a clear indicator of what is coming, and is likely to set the standard which insurers and others will use for their programs in the future. So, it is in your strategic interest to become familiar with this program and these materials.
Following is the CMS email received last night:
2007 Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) Tool Kit is Now Available
2007 PQRI Tool Kit – Five Steps for Success
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has developed a Tool Kit for the 2007 Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) that will assist eligible professionals with successful reporting. This Tool Kit consists of some existing educational resources plus new measure-specific worksheets designed to walk the user step-by-step through reporting for each measure.
The Tool Kit is now a featured section on the CMS PQRI web page. To access the Tool Kit, visit, http://www.cms.hhs.gov/PQRI, and scroll down to the PQRI Tool Kit tab. The page serves as a “Read This First” Guide to the resources that are available to download.
The Tool Kit consists of the following:
1. 2007 PQRI Physician Quality Measures
2. 2007 Coding for Quality Handbook
3. 2007 Code Master
4. MLN Matters Article 5640 – Coding & Reporting Principles
5. Data Collection Worksheets
The Tool Kit will be expanded as new educational resources become available.