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Meaningful Measures Initiative

CMS Efforts to Cut Administrative Burden Still Need Improvement

May 14, 2018 - In the wake of discouraging reports highlighting the negative effects of strict federal regulation and EHR use, CMS has pushed administrative burden reduction to the top of its agenda. In 2017, CMS Administrator Seema Verma introduced a new approach to quality metrics called Meaningful Measures and launched Patients Over Paperwork—a collaborative process for evaluating and streamlining...


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CMS Rural Health Strategy Plan Leverages Meaningful Measures

by Kate Monica

A newly-announced CMS Rural Health Strategy leverages the Meaningful Measures initiative to reduce administrative burden and avoid the unintended consequences of federal policy on rural providers. The Rural Health Strategy also aims to improve...

CMS Working to Change Status Quo of High Administrative Burden

by Kate Monica

CMS is currently taking steps to reduce the high level of administrative burden and excessive reporting requirements detracting from clinicians’ ability to focus on patient care, CMS Administrator Seema Verma told attendees at the AHA...

Early Praise for CMS Proposed Rule to Promote Interoperability

by Kate Monica

As part of a new proposed rule, CMS is re-naming the meaningful use program “Promoting Interoperability” to reflect the federal agency’s focus on improving health data exchange and reducing administrative burden on providers,...

CMS to Prioritize Health IT Innovation, Regulatory Relief

by Kate Monica

This year CMS will prioritize health IT innovation and regulatory relief for clinical documentation, according to CMS Administrator Seema Verma. Verma discussed the federal agency’s 2018 goals with AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack during...

CMS Issues List of 32 Clinical Quality Measures for Consideration

by Kate Monica

CMS recently released a list of 32 clinical quality measures under consideration (MUC) as part of its Meaningful Measures initiative, which is designed to whittle down the number of quality measures to those most critical. “CMS is committed...

Meaningful Measures Initiative to Focus on Care Quality Measures

by Kate Monica

CMS Administrator Seema Verma announced a new approach to care quality metrics that will only involve evaluating core issues most vital to high-quality care delivery and improved patient outcomes called Meaningful Measures. Verma announced the...

Specialist Physicians Counter Call for Eliminating MIPS

by Kate Monica

Members of the Alliance of Specialty Medicine recently submitted a letter to Medicare Payment Advisory Committee (MedPAC) Chairman Francis J. Crosson, MD, arguing CMS should improve the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) rather than...

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