Since 2002 (the year the first national program to survey patients was adopted), patient satisfaction has become one of the primary, day-to-day concerns of a treating physician. One of the original initiatives behind the survey mandate was to publish patient satisfaction results, thereby improving physician accountability and arming patients with information to make more educated decisions with regard to their own health care.
As the end of 2012 draws near, eligible professionals who have not already begun reporting PQRS measures will soon decide whether or not they will begin in 2013. As you know, the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) was launched in 2006 (originally named the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative or PQRI) in order to provide a financial incentive to eligible professionals for voluntarily reporting data on designated quality measures with regard to Medicare patients. For 2012, eligible professionals who satisfactorily report on at least three (3) measures could receive an incentive payment of 0.5% of their total estimated allowed charges for Medicare Part B Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) covered services provided during the reporting period. The same incentive payment will be available to eligible professionals (which includes physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners, among others) for 2013 and 2014.
Topics: Healthcare Reform
In a landmark decision made yesterday, the Supreme Court upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, including the individual mandate, with limitations on the Medicaid expansion provision (find the full opinion here). In a 5-4 decision, Chief Justice Roberts wrote the majority opinion which rested on three main holdings: