There’s Still Time to Qualify for 2010 PQRI Financial Incentives, but You Must Act Fast

When the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) launched its Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) in 2007, the Heart Center of North Texas explored, but decided against, participating in the program. The effort of collecting and reporting quality measures was so complex and onerous that it was not worth the time or effort involved.

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National Priorities Partnership Addresses the Question of Reducing Healthcare Costs while Improving Quality

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 3, 2011—Taking on areas of healthcare that together account for billions of dollars in wasteful spending, the National Priorities Partnership (NPP) released sets of specific actions to reduce healthcare costs by addressing preventable hospital readmissions, reducing emergency department overuse, and preventing medication errors.

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Aiming at Improvement

Notes on IHI’s 22nd National Forum

In recent years, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s (IHI) National Forum—held in Orlando in early December — has become for me as much a harbinger of the holiday season as leftover Thanksgiving turkey, the media’s obsession with Black Friday, and the dark, cold afternoons of early winter in New England. My trip to Orlando this year offered both new and familiar experiences.

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and Beth Israel Deaconess Physician Organization Sign Alternative Quality Contract

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Inc. (https://www.bluecrossma.com/) (BCBSMA), a locally-based, community-focused health plan, and Beth Israel Deaconess Physician Organization (BIDPO), an independent physician network affiliated with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, today announced they have signed a multi-year Alternative Quality Contract (AQC).

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