AGA Helps Physicians Maximize PQRS Incentives

April 18, 2013

According to the recently released “2011 PQRS and eRx Incentive Program Experience Report,” from CMS, 26.1 percent of eligible gastroenterologists participated in the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) during 2011. 2,370 gastroenterologists received a total of $3.4 million in PQRS incentives, with the mean payment being $1,455.32. Beginning in 2013, physicians will be penalized for “not satisfactorily” reporting PQRS data.

AGA offers two unique tools to help GIs report on quality measures, meet CMS Physician PQRS standards, receive incentives and avoid penalties.

The AGA Digestive Health Outcomes Registry® is a CMS-certified registry, enabling practices to directly submit data to PQRS for hepatitis C. The AGA Registry also allows practices to monitor and improve patient care while generating data to compare the efficacy of treatments, identify best practices and demonstrate quality care to patients and payors. Learn more.

The AGA Digestive Health Recognition Program™ (DHRP) allows clinicians to meet PQRS standards by submitting quality measures data for the IBD measures group, qualifying for incentives and avoiding penalties, while potentially meeting thresholds for quality to receive recognition through the AGA and the Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute’s Bridges to Excellence program. Learn more.

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