Physician Quality Reporting Initiative in 2009: How To Avoid Submission Errors and Improve Reimbursement


According to Dr. Bruce Bagley, the cornerstone of PQRI is quality improvement, and any bonus payments physicians receive for reporting efforts are just that — by-products of the process. Dr. Bagley, medical director of quality improvement for the American Academy of Family Physicians, also shares his views on the value of patient registries and other healthcare IT for PQRI, and advises physicians who may be frustrated by their PQRI experiences.

Dr. Bagley, along with Betsy Nicoletti, consultant, Medical Practice Consulting, LLC, described how PQRI can provide physician practices with a great start on registries and measurement and reporting and provided practical hands-on PQRI coding and auditing strategies during a March 18, 2009 webinar, Physician Quality Reporting Initiative in 2009: How To Avoid Submission Errors and Improve Reimbursement.


Length: 5:05 minutes

New Approach to Chronic Pain: Focus on Patient, Not Condition

Too often, pain management tends to focus on the conditions rather than the people experiencing the pain, says Dr. Agostino Villani, internationally recognized expert on chronic pain, CEO of Triad Healthcare, Inc., and author of Pain Is Not A Disease. According to Dr. Villani, this way of thinking depersonalizes the experience of pain and treats it as a disease instead of the complex, personal event that it really is.

In Part 1 of this interview with Dr. Villani, he discusses his new book as well as pain management programs, pain level reduction strategies and side effects of pain medications. In Part 2, Dr. Villani discusses the importance of the physician-patient relationship, measuring the outcomes of pain management and med school curricula surrounding the topic of pain management.


Length: Part 1: 14:04 minutes


Length: Part 2: 13:49 minutes

Patient Assignment into the Medical Home: Building a Collaborative Patient-Centric Approach

According to Dr. Anita Murcko, medical director of clinical informatics and provider adoption with the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), patient involvement and collaboration with providers are the keys to any successful medical home assignment — not only understanding what a medical home can provide patients but also how this model of care can empower them.

There are so many benefits to implementing the medical home model, that they more than justify the initial investment needed, says Dr. Charles DeShazer, market medical officer at Humana. These benefits range from a decrease in fragmentation of care to an increase in quality care processes to even allowing physicians to manage their time more efficiently. DeShazer also discusses the importance of patient involvement, overcoming patient resistance and measuring the success of your medical home.

Dr. Murcko and Dr. DeShazer examined the various approaches to medical home assignment and the factors that can impact effective assignment in a February 12, 2009 webinar, Patient Assignment into the Medical Home: Building a Collaborative Patient-Centric Approach.

Dr. Anita Murcko



Length: 10:47 minutes
Dr. Charles DeShazer



Length: 5:49 minutes