Maintenance of Certification, Medicare Quality Reporting, and Quality of Diabetes Care - American Board of Medical Specialties

This study analyzed whether the quality improvement and feedback aspects of Maintenance of Certification (MOC) can be associated with improved outcomes in the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS). PQRS is an initiative created by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in which participating physicians are eligible for a bonus on Medicare payments. The study compared completion of either Performance in Practice Modules (PPM), Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) projects, or PPM and PQRS projects combined. Results indicated that PPM-only projects outperformed PQRS-only projects on 4 out of 6 process measures, however, the combined PPM and PQRS group showed cross-program improvement and suggested improved outcomes when performance measures and quality measures are aligned.

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