Tuesday, September 13, 2011 CMS Begins Distributing 2010 Incentive Payments Physical therapists who met the criteria for successful reporting under the 2010 Medicare Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI), now known as the Medicare Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), should soon receive their incentive payments. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced that the distribution of 2010 payments is scheduled to be completed by September 30. The 2010 PQRI performance feedback reports will be finalized and available for review after the distribution of payments has been completed. Effective January 2010, CMS revised the manner in which incentive payment information is communicated to eligible professionals receiving electronic remittance advices. CMS has instructed Medicare contractors to use a new indicator of LE to indicate incentive payments instead of LS. LE will appear on the electronic remit. To further clarify the type of incentive payment issued (either PQRI or eRx incentive), CMS created a 4-digit code to indicate the type of incentive and reporting year. For the 2010 PQRI incentive payments, the 4-digit code is PQ10. This code will be displayed on the electronic remittance advice along with the LE indicator. For example, eligible professionals will see LE to indicate an incentive payment, along with PQ10 to identify that payment as the 2010 PQRI incentive payment. Additionally, the paper remittance advice will read "This is a PQRI incentive payment." The year will not be included in the paper remittance. If you have questions about the status of your 2010 PQRI incentive payment (during the distribution timeframe), contact your Provider Contact Center using the Contact Center Directory. The QualityNet help desk is available Monday through Friday, 7 am-7:00 pm CT, at 866/288-8912 or email@example.com. The help desk also can assist with program and measure-specific questions. Additionally, CMS has posted a guide titled 2010 PQRI Incentive Payments to help eligible professionals understand their 2010 PQRI incentive payments.