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04/13/2009
2009 Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) Program Update –
2009 Electronic Health Record (EHR) Specifications Now Posted on the QualityNet Website

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is pleased to announce the 2009 Data Submission Specifications for use in the 2009 PQRI Electronic Health Record (EHR) test are now posted on the QualityNet website.

As described in the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) 2009 Final Rule, CMS is testing EHR data submission in cooperation with electronic health record vendors. These vendors were selected from those who self-nominated per a process described in the 2008 final PFS rule. The 2009 testing process will be similar to the testing process used for 2008. EHR vendors that are successful with the 2009 testing process will be "qualified" for possible PQRI data submission via EHRs if this means of data submission is used in a future PQRI reporting year. There is no incentive payment available through EHR-based data submission for 2009.

The Measure Specifications for the 2009 EHR test measures are also available on the QualityNet website by clicking on "PQRI" from the dropdown menu under the "Physician Offices" tab; then, click on the EHR Specifications link from the left navigation bar. The following link will take you to the QualityNet website on the internet: http://www.qualitynet.org/dcs/ContentServer?c=Page&pagename=QnetPublic%2FPage%2FQnetTier3&cid=1214232460333

A link to the QualityNet website is also available at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/PQRI on the CMS PQRI website under the “Related Links Outside CMS” tab. Additional information related to the EHR test is also available on the CMS PQRI website under the “Reporting” and “Measures/Codes” sections listed in the left navigation bar.

Detailed information on the 2009 PQRI program requirements may be found in the final 2009 Medicare PFS rule with comment period that was published in the Federal Register on November 19, 2008. A copy of the final rule with comment period is on display at the Federal Register and can be viewed at: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/pdf/E8-14949.pdf on the internet. Additionally, the CMS PQRI web page http://www.cms.hhs.gov/PQRI on the CMS website is the primary resource for FAQs, helpful tools, and information on the PQRI program.