By Alex Ruoff
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is soliciting information on
ways in which clinicians use clinical quality measures data reported to
nonfederal programs to also report to the “meaningful use” and other Medicare
programs, the agency said in a notice to be published
in the Feb. 7 Federal Register.
CMS requested information on how clinicians use CQM data--such as health
outcomes, patient safety reports, and clinical guidelines--reported to
speciality boards, speciality societies, regional health care quality
organizations, and other reporting programs to also collect data for reporting
to the physician quality reporting system and the meaningful use program.
The agency said it is seeking input on how aligning the requirements of these
nonfederal programs with meaningful use and the physician quality reporting
system could “reduce the burden on clinicians and accelerate quality
The physician quality reporting system is a Medicare program that uses a
combination of incentive payments and payment adjustments to promote reporting
of quality information by clinicians, CMS said.
CMS is asking a number of questions, including:
are current reporting requirements for the physician quality reporting system
and reporting requirements in the meaningful use program similar to reporting
requirements already established for speciality boards or to other nonfederal
quality reporting programs?
what ways are reporting requirements for federal and nonfederal programs
duplicative, and can these reporting programs be integrated to reduce reporting
burdens on eligible professionals?
there examples of other nonfederal programs under which clinicians report
quality measures data?
Comments are due 60 days after the notice is published.
The notice to be published in the Federal Register is at http://op.bna.com/mdw.nsf/r?Open=plon-94lrtl.
Comments can be submitted at www.regulations.gov.