CMS seeks input on quality measures

Healthcare IT News: February 29, 2012 | Mary Mosquera, Contributing Editor.

WASHINGTON – The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services wants to get feedback on a list of 125 potential clinical quality measures for physicians and 49 potential measures for hospitals as part of its proposed rule for meaningful use stage 2. Ultimately, CMS will decide on just a subset of the suggested measures.

The agency plans to align clinical quality measures of various CMS quality reporting programs, such as the Physicians Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and Accountable Care Organizations.

CMS released its proposed rule for the meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs) on Feb. 23. The agency will publish it in the Federal Register on March 7, and the public may comment for 60 days. The final rule is anticipated for late summer.

To line up clinical quality measures, CMS will need to choose the same measures for different program measure sets, standardize measure development and specifications methods across CMS programs and coordinate the efforts to involve stakeholders in quality measure and for public opinion.

[See also: Stage 2 MU released at last.]

It also means identifying ways to reduce multiple submission requirements and methods. For example, CMS said it is working towards allowing clinical quality measure data delivered through certified EHRs for meaningful use to apply to its other quality report programs. Read More