US Paid Out $392M In Medicare Reporting Incentives In 2010

By Rachel Slajda (April 2, 2012, 8:03 PM EDT) -- The federal government doled out $392 million in incentive payments from Medicare's physician quality reporting program in 2010, after efforts to increase participation succeeded in getting nearly a quarter of all eligible health professionals to join up, according to a report released Friday.

Participation in the program, which encourages doctors and practices to report certain quality and preventive care measures taken with Medicare Part B patients, went up 16 percent in 2010. Twenty-four percent of the 1 million eligible doctors, nurse practitioners, physical therapists, midwives and others participated, the report said. Total incentive payments increased some 65 percent over 2009....

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