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Monday, June 9, 2008

CARROTS AND STICKS FIND A HOME IN MEDICARE BILL

Most versions of the Medicare fix bills we’ve seen would increase the bonus for the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) from the current 1.5 percent up to 2 percent of your allowed charges. Most of the bills also would give physicians a 2-percent bonus for using electronic prescribing. But that carrot would turn into a 1-percent penalty by 2011 for physicians who don’t e-prescribe.

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