Survey: Physicians Dissatisfied With Federal Reporting Programs

October 28, 2014 in News

Physicians are highly dissatisfied with three federal quality reporting programs, according to a new survey by the Medical Group Management Association, Health Data Management reports (Goedert, Health Data Management, 10/28).

Details of Survey

The MGMA survey was conducted in October and included responses from more than 1,000 medical groups, representing more than 48,000 physicians. It examined physicians’ satisfaction with the:

  • Meaningful use program;
  • Physician Quality Reporting System; and
  • Value-Based Payment Modifier program (MGMA release, 10/27).


The survey found that more than 83% of physician practices do not believe that the reporting programs improve the quality of patient care, Healthcare Finance News reports.

Meanwhile, more than 70% of respondents said the quality reporting requirements are “very” or “extremely” complex (Pizzi, Healthcare Finance News, 10/28).

Most respondents said that such complexity adds unnecessary burdens. For example:

  • 85% of respondents said the programs have a negative effect on clinician productivity; and
  • Just 12% said the programs assist clinical decision making.

The survey also found that the federal programs detract from:

  • Clinician morale;
  • Practice resources;
  • Practice efficiency; and
  • Support staff time (Health Data Management, 10/28).

Anders Gilberg, MGMA senior vice president of government affairs, said, “Medicare has lost focus with its physician quality reporting programs,” adding, “Instead of providing timely, meaningful and actionable information to help physicians treat patients, this has become a massive bureaucratic reporting exercise” (MGMA release, 10/27).

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