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QRURs: What are they and how can they help your practice?

dog_peanutbutter_xlargeQRUR. If you try to say it four times fast, you may feel like you’ve got too much peanut butter in your mouth. Despite its difficult phonetics, the QRUR, or Quality and Resource Use Report, is a term physician practices should be using quite a bit in the upcoming years.

QRURs provide comparative information so physicians can view examples of the clinical care their patients receive in relation to the average care and costs of other physicians’ Medicare patients. Last year, CMS made the QRURs available to a specific group: solo physicians or practices that had 1) billed under the TIN and 2) had one eligible case for a cost or quality measures included in the QRURs. As of September 2015 though, the 2014 Annual QRUR is available to every practice nationwide.

This availability opens doors for everyone to have rich, detailed quality data that can help them prepare for value-based payment modifiers and new value-based reimbursement in general. QRURs can be used in countless ways to help monitor quality and value.

When looking at your practice’s own success at initiatives such as patient safety or use of evidence-based protocols, you can easily wonder how well you’re doing. QRURs can help you benchmark your practice against the national average, or better yet, other practices that are similar. As reimbursements are increasingly tied to quality, knowing where you stand is critical.

Tips for understanding QRURs, FAQs, and other helpful documents can all be found at CMS.gov. What questions do you have about QRURs? Have you been able to use them to help benchmark quality initiatives?