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Medicare Program; Town Hall Meeting on Physician Quality Reporting System

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AGENCY:

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS.

ACTION:

Notice of meeting.

SUMMARY:

This notice announces a Town Hall Meeting to discuss the Physician Quality Reporting System (previously known as the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI)). The purpose of the Town Hall Meeting is to solicit input from participating stakeholders on the individual quality measures and measures groups being considered for possible inclusion in the proposed set of quality measures for use in the 2012 Physician Quality Reporting System and key components of the design of the Physician Quality Reporting System. Measure developers, eligible professionals, professionals associations, such as medical specialty societies, and other interested stakeholders are invited to participate, in person or by teleconference. The meeting is open to the public, but attendance is limited to space and teleconference lines available.

DATES:

Meeting Date: The Town Hall Meeting will be held on February 9, 2011, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. eastern standard time (e.s.t).

Deadline for Registration of Presenters of the Town Hall Meeting: All presenters for the Town Hall meeting must register and submit their discussion item(s) by 5 p.m. e.s.t. on January 18, 2011.

Deadline for Registration of All Other Participants for the Town Hall Meeting and Request for Special Accommodations: Registration opens on December 20, 2010. All other participants must register no later than 5 p.m. e.s.t. on January 28, 2011. Requests for special accommodations must be received by 5 p.m. e.s.t. on January 28, 2010.

Deadline for Submission of Comments on Key Issues for the Town Hall Meeting: Written comments on key issues for discussion at the Town Hall Meeting must be received by 5 p.m. e.s.t. on January 21, 2011.

Deadline for Submission of Other Written Comments or Statements: Written comments or statements on issues that were discussed at this Town Hall Meeting or other comments, may be sent via regular mail, fax, or electronically to the address specified in Start Printed Page 78248the ADDRESSES section of this notice and must be received by 5 p.m. e.s.t. on February 25, 2011.

ADDRESSES:

Meeting Location: The Town Hall Meeting will be held in the main auditorium of the Central Building of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244-1850.

Registration and Special Accommodations: Persons interested in attending the meeting or participating by teleconference must register by completing the on-line registration via the Web site at http://www.usqualitymeasures.org. Individuals who require special accommodations should send a request via email or regular mail to the contact specified in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION section of this notice.

Submission of Written Comments or Statements: Written comments or statements may be sent via e-mail to Physician_Reporting_TEMP@cms.hhs.gov. or sent via regular mail to: Attn: 2012 Physician Quality Reporting System Town Hall Meeting Comments, Office of Clinical Standards and Quality, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Mail Stop S3-02-01, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244-1850.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Jacquelyn Kosh-Suber, (410).786-6889 via e-mail at Jacquelyn.Koshsuber@cms.hhs.gov. or via regular mail as specified in the ADDRESSES section of this notice.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

The Physician Quality Reporting System is a voluntary reporting program in which eligible professionals and group practices report data on quality measures. An eligible professional who satisfactorily reports data on quality measures may qualify to earn a Physician Quality Reporting System incentive payment based on a percentage of the eligible professional's (or, in the case of a group practice, the group's) total estimated allowed Medicare Part B charges for covered professional services furnished during a specified reporting period. Under section 1848(k)(3)(B) of the Social Security Act (the Act), the term “eligible professional” means any of the following:

  • A physician.
  • A practitioner described in section 1842(b)(18)(C) of the Act.
  • A physical or occupational therapist or a qualified speech-language pathologist or qualified audiologist.

Detailed information about the Physician Quality Reporting System is available on the CMS Web site at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/​PQRI.

Our goals for the 2012 Physician Quality Reporting System include increasing participation in light of a payment adjustment that begins in 2015, leveraging the benefits of alternative reporting mechanisms, such as registry-based reporting, EHR-based reporting, and the group practice reporting option, and increasing alignment with other programs, such as the EHR Incentive Program.

This Town Hall meeting will be hosted to solicit input from eligible professionals and other interested parties on the individual quality measure and measures group suggestions received in response to the “2012 Physician Quality Reporting System Call for Measures” and on other changes being considered for the future with regard to the key components of the Physician Quality Reporting System described in this notice.

II. Town Hall Meeting Format

The Town Hall meeting will begin with an overview of the objectives for the session. The remainder of the meeting will be devoted to presenting and receiving input on each of the major components of the Physician Quality Reporting System including the following:

  • The individual quality measures and measures group suggestions received in response to the “2012 Physician Quality Reporting System Call for Measures” (for more information, see the CMS Measures Management System Web site at http://www.cms.gov/​MMS/​13_​Call%20for%20Measures.asp#TopOfPage).
  • Reporting mechanism.
  • Reporting period.
  • Criteria for satisfactory reporting.
  • The group practice reporting option.
  • The Maintenance of Certification Program Incentive.

Following each presentation, the meeting agenda will provide opportunities for brief comments on each of the key issues from on-site session attendees. The time for each presenter's comments will be approximately 2 minutes and will be based on the number of registered presenters. As time allows, telephone participants will also have the opportunity to provide brief comments of no more than 2 minutes on each of the key issues. Presenters will be scheduled to speak in the order in which they register. Therefore, individuals who would like to present must register and submit their comment(s) to the address specified in the ADDRESSES section of this notice by the date specified in the DATES section of this notice. All other written submissions will be accepted and presented at the meeting if they are received at the address specified in the ADDRESSES section of this notice by the date specified in the DATES section of this notice.

We anticipate posting an audio download and/or transcript of the Town Hall meeting on the CMS PQRI Web site after completion of the meeting. See Web site at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/​PQRI. The opinions and alternatives provided during this meeting will assist us as we develop the Physician Quality Reporting System for 2012. We anticipate posting a summary of the individual quality measures and measures groups for possible inclusion in the proposed set of quality measures, as well as possible program design options under consideration for use in the 2012 Physician Quality Reporting System on the Physician Quality Reporting System section of the CMS Web site at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/​PQRI by January 21, 2011.

III. Registration Instructions

While there is no registration fee, for security reasons, any persons wishing to attend this meeting must register by the date listed in the DATES section of this notice. Persons interested in attending the meeting or participating by teleconference must register by completing the online registration via the Web site at http://www.usqualitymeasures.org. The online registration system will generate a confirmation page to indicate the completion of your registration. Please print this page as your registration receipt. If seating capacity has been reached, you will be notified that the meeting has reached capacity. Individuals may also participate in the Town Hall meeting by teleconference. Registration is required as the number of call-in lines will be limited. The call-in number will be provided upon confirmation of registration. Individuals may also register via telephone by calling the contact listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION section of this notice or via regular mail to the address listed in the ADDRESSES section of this notice.

IV. Security, Building, and Parking Guidelines

This meeting will be held in a Federal government building; therefore, Federal security measures are applicable. In planning your arrival time, we recommend you to arrive at the central Start Printed Page 78249building no later than 9 a.m. e.s.t. to allow for enough time to clear security and to check in before the meeting begins. The on-site check-in for visitors will begin at 9:30 a.m. e.s.t. All items brought to the building, whether personal or for the purpose of demonstration or to support a presentation, including items such as laptops, cell phones, and palm pilots, are subject to physical inspection.

Security measures include the following:

  • Presentation of government-issued photographic identification to the Federal Protective Service or Guard Service personnel.
  • Interior and exterior inspection of vehicles (this includes engine and trunk inspection) at the entrance to the grounds. Parking permits and instructions will be issued after the vehicle inspection.
  • Passing through a metal detector and inspection of items brought into the building.

We note that all items brought to CMS, whether personal or for the purpose of demonstration or to support a demonstration, are subject to inspection. We cannot assume responsibility for coordinating the receipt, transfer, transport, storage, setup, safety, or timely arrival of any personal belongings or items used for demonstration or to support a demonstration.

Note:

Individuals who are not registered in advance will not be permitted to enter the building and will be unable to attend the meeting. The public may not enter the building earlier than 45 minutes prior to the convening of the meeting. All visitors must be escorted in areas other than the lower and first floor levels in the Central Building. Seating capacity is limited to the first 250 registrants.

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Authority: Section 503 of Public Law 108-173.

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(Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Program No. 93.773, Medicare—Hospital Insurance; and Program No. 93.774, Medicare—Supplementary Medical Insurance Program).

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Dated: December 7, 2010.

Donald M. Berwick,

Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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[FR Doc. 2010-31301 Filed 12-13-10; 8:45 am]

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