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MGMA study shows practices are frustrated with PQRI program
e-Reports, March 8, 2010
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A recent study by the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) revealed that dissatisfaction with the administrative challenges of Medicare’s Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) is growing and improvements need to be made.

“Though MGMA and its members remain committed to supporting clinical quality improvement initiatives, data from this research shines a bright spotlight on the underlying administrative difficulties with this program,” said MGMA President William F. Jessee, M.D. “Similar to our earlier research, our members continue to express frustration over the unreasonable lag time between reporting PQRI data and receipt of the results.”

Fewer than half of responding practices participating in the 2008 PQRI were able to successfully access their feedback report. On average, the process took as long as nine hours to download.

Other findings included:

  • 60 percent of practices that accessed their 2008 reports were dissatisfied or very dissatisfied with the presentation of information
  • 67 percent were dissatisfied or very dissatisfied with the guidance to improve patient care outcomes

The study, conducted in January, surveyed 429 respondents representing 11,419 physicians in medical practice. Find the study at www.mgma.com.

Specialty and primary care practices in Indiana shared their experiences with PQRI in the Jan. 25 and Feb. 22 issues of ISMA Reports. Read how some specialty practices in Indiana are finding success with PQRI in ISMA e-Reports.

Learn how PQRI works for some primary care practices with and without electronic health records on the ISMA Web site.

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