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CMS Announces Physician Quality Reporting Bonus Payments

(November 13, 2009) There is a reward for successfully reporting quality-related data to Medicare under the 2008 Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PRQI).  CMS has paid out over $92 million in incentives for 2008.  CMS states that the PRQI program demonstrates that Medicare can align payment with quality incentives. The incentives averaged about $1,000 for individual professionals, with the largest payment to an eligible professional totaling over $98,000.  Health practices with participating eligible professionals in Florida and Illinois received the highest incentive payments for 2008, with Florida professional receiving a total of over $7.5 million and Illinois professional receiving a total of over $6 million. Click here for the link describing the $92 million in bonus payments.  Information on the 2010 PQRI Program is available here.  For information on the PRQI Program, go to: http://www.cms.gov/PQRI/.

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Laura Carpenter, Pharmaceutical Attorney, Carpenter Law Firm

Laura Carpenter is the founder of the Carpenter Law Firm PC.  Ms. Carpenter has extensive expertise advising  pharmacies, prescription drug wholesalers, group purchasing organizations, pharmacy benefits managers and pharmacists on matters involving  FDA, DEA, and state law regulatory issues.  She also represents clients in business matters involving the Stark anti-referral laws, federal anti-kickback laws, fraud and abuse laws, fee-splitting and the corporate practice of medicine laws. 

In addition to being an attorney, Ms. Carpenter is also a registered pharmacist.  Her combined...

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