January 19, 2010 Audiology
Audiology PQRI Resources Available
Audiologists have the opportunity to improve the profession of audiology and the quality of patient care by participating in the Medicare Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) program.
PQRI is a voluntary program designed to improve the quality of care to Medicare beneficiaries. Under the program, which began Jan. 1, audiologists who bill Medicare Part B and who participate in PQRI by reporting on approved quality measures are eligible for a 2% incentive payment.
The three measures available to audiologists in 2010 include:
- Referral for otologic evaluation for patients with congenital or traumatic deformity of the ear.
- Referral for otologic evaluation for patients with a history of active drainage from the ear within the previous 90 days.
- Referral for otologic evaluation for patients with a history of sudden or rapidly progressive hearing loss.
The Audiology Quality Consortium (AQC), a coalition of 10 audiology organizations formed to collaborate on the development of these measures, has created educational resources to help audiologists begin to participate in PQRI. These materials, available at the AQC Web site, include:
- A detailed description of each quality measure available to audiologists and the information needed to report on them.
- Frequently asked questions (e.g., a description of the program, why the measures are important, when incentive payments are made).
- A step-by-step "how-to" guide on reporting PQRI measures.
- Links to additional PQRI information from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
ASHA also has posted a new podcast that describes how audiologists can participate in PQRI.