GE launches PQRI system, upgrades revenue cycle management app
GE Healthcare IT has launched an initiative to simplify physician participation in Medicare’s Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) and released its Centricity Business version 4.3.

GE said its Medical Quality Improvement Consortium (MQIC) quality data system was selected by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) as a reporting registry for the 2008 program, and the company expects this registry certification to continue in 2009. The initiative will streamline quality reporting for Centricity EMR and Centricity Practice Solution customers that submit for eligible financial incentives through the MQIC registry.

With a combination of Centricity EMR and MQIC registry function, the addition of PQRI reporting collects and automates the reporting process as part of its standard patient documentation workflow, according to the company. When physicians document encounters for qualified patients, the solution can capture PQRI measurement data with the option to automate CMS submission without additional administrative work. GE said that its solution will allow its customers practicing primary care, cardiology and endocrinology to participate in PQRI without submitting additional billing codes.  

The company said its Centricity Business version 4.3 is a system for revenue cycle management, patient access and managed care is designed for academic medical centers, hospitals and hospital networks and large practices in the United States.

GE said its Centricity Business version 4.3 delivers new features and functionality across each of the application suites, which include patient access, financial management and business intelligence. Enhancements to the existing applications will be made available to Centricity Business customers as part of their ongoing maintenance and support from the company with requirement of additional contracts. Beyond the core suites, GE also said it developed two entirely new applications in response to customer needs: Centricity Business – Patient Protocol Manager and Centricity Business – Image Broker.