CMS recently released updated data on payments to providers under two Medicare pay-for-reporting programs. Specifically, 119,804 physicians and other eligible professionals in 12,647 practices that satisfactorily reported data on Medicare quality measures received a total of more than $234 million in Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) incentive payments in 2009. The average bonus payment was $1,956 per eligible professional and $18,525 per practice. In addition, CMS paid $148 million to 48,354 physicians and other eligible professionals under the ePrescribing Incentive Program, with the average bonus payment being just over $3,000 per eligible professional and $14,501 per practice. CMS also observes that PQRS data indicates that health care professionals report more frequent compliance with evidence-based care practices.
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