Wisconsin Collaborative for Quality Healthcare

2009 News

WCHQ Approved as Registry for 2009 Physician Quality Reporting Initiative

July 13, 2009

The Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ) has been selected by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as an approved registry for the 2009 Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) program.

The WCHQ PQRI registry allows healthcare providers to easily report their quality outcomes and qualify for financial incentives from CMS worth thousands of dollars for physicians, practitioners, and therapists. Eligible healthcare providers who successfully report on a designated set of quality measures may earn a bonus payment of two percent of total allowed charges for covered services payable under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for the 2009 reporting period.

WCHQ was previously selected as a qualified registry for the 2008 PQRI program and reported quality outcomes for 1,903 physicians-making the WCHQ PQRI registry the second largest in the country. WCHQ partnered with Minnesota Community Measurement in 2008 to submit data for its Minnesota-based healthcare providers. The two organizations will continue their partnership with the 2009 PQRI program and expand their reputations as helping improve quality of care and healthcare costs.

The WCHQ PQRI registry is closed and only available to WCHQ member organizations and its affiliated partner, Minnesota Community Measurement. The CMS Web site contains a list of more than 70 approved registries; the list is available at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/PQRI/Downloads/ReportingOptionsSuggestions_061509_508.pdf.

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