The Affordable Care Act requires the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to develop a plan by Jan. 1, 2012, to move toward integrating the reporting measures under the electronic Physician Quality Reporting Initiative and the electronic health records meaningful use incentive program of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

In a proposed rule setting payment policies under the Medicare Part B physician payment fee schedule for calendar year 2011, CMS starts the steps toward such integration.

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