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Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013

Practice News

2013 PQRS interim feedback data now available

A new user guide from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services can help physicians navigate the 2013 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) dashboard. Updated quarterly, the dashboard allows physicians to monitor the status of their reporting for claims-based individual measures and measures groups.

Interim feedback data for 2013 is available through the PQRS dashboard, which organizations and eligible professionals can access online.

Physicians will be able to review data submitted for the 2013 PQRS via reporting methods other than claims next fall through the final feedback report. The dashboard does not provide the final data analysis for the full year of reporting or indicate incentive eligibility.

The user guide can help physicians navigate the dashboard and interpret their interim data.

In an integrated practice? New AMA section is for you

If you're in a physician-led integrated care organization or are thinking about moving your practice in that direction, plan to attend the first interim business meeting of the AMA's Integrated Physician Practice Section (IPPS) Nov. 14-15, just outside the nation's capital in National Harbor, Md.

Attendees will be able to network with their peers who are focused on coordinated care delivery and participate in an interactive program that looks at such topics as physician satisfaction, electronic health records, quality metrics and engaging the patient for success in today's quality reporting environment.

A reception will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Nov. 14. The meeting will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, in conjunction with the AMA Interim Meeting.

The section, which held its inaugural meeting in June, was created at a time of accelerated change in health care delivery that has led to a strong impetus to foster and expand integrated modes of practice. By participating in the AMA-IPPS, physicians in integrated practices can have a coordinated voice in shaping AMA policy through the AMA House of Delegates.

The mission of the AMA-IPPS is to influence policy and provide education to advance the interests of physician-led, integrated health care delivery organizations and physicians who are working toward such systems of coordinated care.

Visit the AMA-IPPS Web page to learn more about the section, view the meeting agenda and sign up to attend.