Quality Improvement Programs
Medicare’s Physician Quality Reporting System
Quality improvement initiatives such as the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) are intended to improve health care outcomes for patients. This section provides information about the trend and related material from the APA Practice Organization and APA.
Psychologists in Medicare must begin reporting in PQRS in 2013 or risk a reduction in payment for their services in 2015.
2013 Physician Quality Reporting System
History of PQRS
Formerly known as the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI), PQRS is a program that currently pays bonuses to eligible health care professionals who successfully report on the program’s quality measures. In 2015, incentives will be replaced with penalties for those who do not successfully report.