The Hospitalist Company (IPC) Designated by Medicare as a “Qualified Registry” for Physician
Posted Jul 07 2010 5:59pm
In case you have not heard of this company, they provide physicians for hospitals, in other words doctors that work on staff but are not direct employees of the hospital, contracted instead. In 2008 the company was awarded the Physician Entrepreneur of the year award. This is a public company that is traded on the stock exchanges. As you may or may not be aware, when you are admitted to a hospital you may not be seeing your primary care physician, but rather your treatment and case is turned over to a doctor who works full time at the facility and then coordinates all your records and care back to your primary care MD when you are released.
With the new designation from CMS this means their data is order and accurate and their software is working in compliance with Medicare, so off electronically the information goes. Just last week they added one more physician’s group in Texas.
There are 90 Qualified Registries for 2010 at CMS and IPC is the only hospitalist company to qualify. BD
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif., July 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- IPC The Hospitalist Company, Inc. (Nasdaq: IPCM ), a leading national hospitalist physician group practice company, announced today that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved the Company as a Qualified Registry for certain clinical measures specific to inpatient care in acute and sub-acute facilities. As a Qualified Registry, IPC will submit quality data directly to CMS in compliance with the Physicians Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI), a quality assurance program established in 2006 by CMS, for the 2010 reporting year.
Adam Singer MD, Chairman and CEO of IPC, commented, "Clearly IPC has demonstrated to the satisfaction of CMS that we have fully integrated quality controls into the workflow of our providers and into the operations of the company. The driving force behind our commitment to building a complete and extensive quality control system is the constant improvement in the quality of care for our patients."