2007 Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI)

National Provider Conference Call with Question & Answer Session

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Provider Communications Group will host the first in a series of national provider conference calls on the 2007 Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI). This toll-free call will take place from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., EST, on Tuesday, March 27, 2007.

On December 20, 2006, the President signed the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006 (TRHCA).  TRHCA section 101 authorizes a financial incentive for eligible professionals to participate in a voluntary quality reporting program.  Eligible professionals, who chose to participate and successfully report on a designated set of quality measures for services paid under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and provided between July 1 and December 31, 2007, may earn a bonus payment of 1.5% of their charges during that period, subject to a cap.   To review the list of eligible professionals, visit http://www.cms.hhs.gov/PQRI/10_EligibleProfessionals.asp#TopOfPage on the CMS website. All Medicare-enrolled professionals in these categories are eligible to participate in the 2007 PQRI, regardless of whether the professional has signed a Medicare participation agreement to accept assignment on all claims.

An overview of the 2007 PQRI will be presented that will include discussion about eligible professionals, reporting, measures and codes, and analysis and payment.   A PowerPoint slide presentation will be posted to the PQRI webpage at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/PQRI/30_EducationalResources.asp#TopOfPage on the CMS website for you to download prior to the call so that you can follow along with the presenter, Susan Nedza, M.D.

In addition, MLN Matters article MM5558, posted on the Medicare Learning Network, can be referenced prior to the call.  The article provides a program overview of the 2007 PQRI.  MM5558 is available at the following link:     http://www.cms.hhs.gov/mlnmattersarticles/downloads/mm5558.pdf.

Following the presentation, callers will have an opportunity to ask questions of CMS subject matter experts.

Conference call details:                                                

                                                Date:  Tuesday, March 27, 2007                                                                                                          Conference Title:  2007 Physician Quality Reporting Initiative

                                                Time:  3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST

In order to receive the call-in information, you must register for the call via the internet by following the instructions below.

If you are planning to sit in with a group, only one person needs to register to receive the call-in data.  This registration is solely to reserve a phone line, not to allow participation.

1.         To register for the call participants need to go to:


2.         Click ”Continue” to be taken to the registration screen.

3.         Fill in all required data.

4.         Click ”Submit”.

5.         You will be taken to the confirmation screen where the call-in number will

be given.

6.         The pass code for the call is 549030.

7.         To view the time the call will start, registrants will need to select their

time zone in the drop down box under ”Time” on the confirmation screen.

8.         Click "Confirm Registration" to receive a confirmation email.

Online Evaluation Form

CMS has developed an online evaluation form that can be quickly completed and submitted. Participants are asked to complete this online evaluation form to help CMS make informed decisions on improving training activities. The online evaluation form titled “Training Evaluation Form” can be found on the registration page, http://www.cms.hhs.gov/medlearn/cont_eval_form.asp.  CMS looks forward to hearing your comments.

If you have questions, or require special accommodations, please contact Geanelle E. Griffith at geanelle.griffith@cms.hhs.gov or at (410) 786-4466.