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Evidence Supports Continuity of Care Quality Measures in QPP

November 13, 2018 - Adding quality measures related to continuity of care to the Quality Payment Program (QPP) may help lower healthcare costs and reduce hospitalizations, according to a new Annals of Family Medicine study.   Andrew Bazemore, MD, and his team set out to measure how continuity of care affects healthcare spending and patient health outcomes. The team used Medicare claims data for...


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How Providers Use Clinical Documentation Improvement Tools

by Kate Monica

Clinical documentation improvement (CDI) tools can help healthcare organizations accurately represent information about patient health events, clinical status, and office visits in EHRs as coded data. This coded data is used for quality...

CMS Proposed Rule to Reduce Administrative Burden on Providers

by Kate Monica

A newly-released CMS proposed rule removes unnecessary Medicare compliance requirements for healthcare facilities in an effort to reduce administrative burden on providers and fulfill the aims of the federal agency’s Patients Over...

Which eCQMs Were Removed From the 2019 CMS IPPS Final Rule?

by Kate Monica

Since launching the Meaningful Measures initiative in 2017, CMS has been adamant about only including electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) in federal reporting programs that evaluate core issues most vital to high-quality care...

CMS Accepting New Promoting Interoperability Measure Proposals

by Kate Monica

CMS recently announced it is accepting proposals for new measures stakeholders would like to see included in the Medicare Promoting Interoperability (PI) program. The federal agency will accept proposals until June 29. CMS is encouraging...

NQF Advises CMS Align Quality Measures, Cut Administrative Burden

by Kate Monica

The National Quality Forum’s (NQF’s) Measure Applications Partnership (MAP) recently provided recommendations to CMS on ways to align clinical quality measures and reduce administrative burden associated with federal reporting...

AHA Simplifies MACRA Reporting Requirements for PAC Providers

by Kate Monica

The American Hospital Association (AHA) recently released a suite of resources geared toward helping post-acute care (PAC) providers fulfill MACRA reporting requirements under the value-based care system. “MACRA represents a major...

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...

CMS Head Recognizes Need for Fewer Clinical Quality Measures

by Kate Monica

CMS Administrator Seema Verma recently admitted some federal regulations do not make sense and stated the organization will prioritize consolidating quality measures to lessen provider burden.  Verma outlined the ways CMS intends to...

NQF Promotes Use of Quality Measures to Improve Health Equity

by Kate Monica

The National Quality Forum (NQF) released a roadmap outlining ways to use care quality measures to improve health equity nationwide. “The health equity roadmap gives the nation a blueprint to eliminate healthcare disparities,”...

AHA: MAP Must Advocate for Streamlined CQMs, Care Improvement

by Sara Heath

The Measure Applications Partnership (MAP), a subgroup under the National Quality Forum, needs to advocate for more streamlined clinical quality measures (CQMs) that improve care value for patients while alleviating burden for providers,...

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