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Although CMS does not currently require physicians in the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative to have electronic health records, nearly 75 percent of American Academy of Family Physicians members are already using EHRs, estimates Dr. Bruce Bagley, AAFP medical director of quality improvement. CMS’ inclusion of two structural measures for 2008, one for EHRs and the other for e-prescribing, are more likely CMS’ attempt to provide measures that both family physicians and specialists can report on, says Dr. Bagley, as well as support President Bush’s mandate that EHRs move forward. Dr. Bagley advises PQRI participants to proactively examine their own reported data to chart a performance improvement plan rather than wait until mid-2008 for feedback from CMS. Bagley, along with Sue Kincer, consultant and certified professional coder with Pershing Yoakley and Associates and Lorraine Larrance, consulting senior manager with Pershing Yoakley and Associates, delved into the requirements for PQRI for 2008 and drew upon their past experiences with physician quality reporting to recommend how to succeed in the 2008 program during a January 22, 2008 webinar, Physician Quality Reporting in 2008: What Every Physician Practice Should Know.

Source: Physician Performance Improvement Charting for PQRI and Other PFP Programs

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