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2009 Physician Quality Reporting Initiative call with Q&A

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Provider Communications Group will host fourth in a series national provider conference calls on the 2009 Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI). This toll-free call will take place from 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., EDT, on Wednesday, April 22, 2009.

The Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPPA) made the PQRI program permanent, but only authorized incentive payments through 2010. Eligible professionals who meet the criteria for satisfactory submission of quality measures data for services furnished during the reporting period, January 1, 2009 - December 31, 2009, will earn an incentive payment of 2.0 percent of their total allowed charges for Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) covered professional services furnished during that same period. The 2009 PQRI consists of 153 quality measures and 7 measures groups.

The topics covered on this national provider call will include:
An update on the prostate cancer measures-2008: Measure #101; 2008-2009: Measure #102, #104, and #105;
An update on Medicare enrollment;
Tips for satisfactorily participating in the 2009 PQRI; and
Planning for the 2010 PQRI reporting options.

Following this presentation, the lines will be opened to allow participants to ask questions of CMS PQRI subject matter experts.

Educational products are available on the PQRI dedicated web page located at, , on the CMS website, in the Educational Resources section. Feel free to download the resources prior to the call so that you may ask questions of the CMS presenters.

Conference call details:

Date: April 22, 2009
Conference Title: 2009 Physician Quality Reporting Initiative-National Provider Call
Time: 2:30 p.m. EDT

In order to receive the call-in information, you must register for the call. It is important to note that if you are planning to sit in with a group, only one person needs to register to receive the call-in data. This registration is solely to reserve a phone line, NOT to allow participation. If you cannot attend the call, replay information is available below.

Registration will close at 2:30 p.m. EDT on April 21, 2009, or when available space has been filled. No exceptions will be made, so please be sure to register prior to this time.

To register for the call participants need to go to:

Fill in all required data.

Verify your time zone is displayed correctly the drop down box.

Click "Register".

You will be taken to the “Thank you for registering” page and will receive a confirmation email shortly thereafter. Note: Please print and save this page, in the event that your server blocks the confirmation emails. If you do not receive the confirmation email, please check your spam/junk mail filter as it may have been directed there.

For those of you who will be unable to attend, a replay option will be available shortly following the end of the call. This replay will be accessible from 3:30 p.m. EDT 4/22/2009 until 11:59 p.m. EDT 4/29/2009. The call in data for the replay is (800) 642-1687 and the passcode is 90578004.

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