CMS to pay more than $36M in quality reporting bonuses

CMS announced last week that it will pay out more than $36 million in incentives money to providers who reported data on quality of care delivered between July 2007 and December 2007 as part of its Physician Quality Reporting Initiative. Under the PQRI, health providers who choose to participate get bonuses of 1.5 percent of their total CMS payments during the reporting period in which they reported quality data.

Average payments for the most recent period range from $600 for individual physicians to $4,700 for groups. The largest payment CMS plans to make to a practice is more than $205,700. Solo physicians, physician group practices, and other PQRI-eligible professionals should receive their payments by August, according to the agency.

To learn more about PQRI payouts:
- read this Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report item
- read this CMS press release

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