MGMA calls for EHR data for PQRI

October 1, 2009

The Medical Group Management Association is asking the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to hasten the reporting of electronic health record data for the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative P4P program, according to a letter from the organization.

The Medical Group Management Association is asking the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to hasten the reporting of electronic health record data for the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative P4P program, according to a letter from the organization.

The association agrees with CMS’s concerns over limitation of claims-based reporting of quality data, stating that “the claims processing system was not developed for the submission of quality data.”

Therefore, the MGMA urged CMS to “quickly finalize testing the PQRI reporting mechanism via EHRs and allow for 2010 PQRI participation through qualified EHRs.”

MGMA also recommended that Medicare offer multiple reporting mechanisms, including claims-based data, for several years to avoid negative consequences that could come with prematurely discontinuing PQRI participation in claims-based reporting.  The letter said that many practices are accustomed to participating in PQRI via claims-based reporting or have not yet invested in EHRs.