More details from CMS on the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI)

The CMS web page on PQRI says: PQRI establishes a financial incentive for eligible professionals to participate in a voluntary quality reporting program. Eligible professionals who successfully report a designated set of quality measures on claims for dates of service from July 1 to December 31, 2007, may earn a bonus payment, subject to a […]

Is the sustainable growth rate, er, sustainable?

The short answer is "no."  The SGR (a Medicare "guardrail," if you will, for physician reimbursement increases) has been zapped by Congress every year of its existence because letting it actually go into effect is unpalatable — it would cut physician reimbursement by about 40-50%.  (See earlier HealthBlawg posts on the subject here and here.)  […]

Health Wonk Review is up at Managed Care Matters

Joe Paduda presents the latest edition of HWR, including posts on CDHP’s, Medicare Part D, various goings-on here in Massachusetts, and the intriguing case in which certain West Virginia hospital board and medical executive committee meetings are now subject to open meeting laws. — David Harlow

American Health Lawyers Association posts guide to legal issues in life-limiting conditions and series of one-pagers for providers and patients

From the AHLA website, a valuable resource for health care providers, patients and families: AHLA has released A Guide to Legal Issues in Life-Limiting Conditions. The document was produced as part of AHLA’s public interest commitment to serve as a public resource on selected healthcare legal issues. Read or download the Guide online. The Guide […]

New Executive Order regularizes process for promulgation of "significant guidance documents"

Last month, President Bush issued an Executive Order amending Executive Order 12866 on Regulatory Planning and Review.  OMB issued a Final Bulletin on Good Guidance Practices to implement the Executive Order. The Order and Bulletin are aimed at reining in the proliferation of sub-regulatory guidance issued by federal agencies without any central review similar to […]