CMS Details Strategic Vision for Physician Quality Reporting Programs

April 24, 2015 in News

CMS has released a strategic vision for its physician quality reporting programs, detailing how transparent quality information will play a significant role in improving health care, Health Data Management reports.

Strategic Vision Details

In a blog post, CMS Principal Deputy Administrator and CMO Patrick Conway said that the strategic vision stemmed from the agency’s goal to plan for how it will administer its physician quality reporting programs, including the:

  • Physician Quality Reporting System;
  • Physician Compare website; and
  • Physician Feedback/Value-Based Payment Modifier Program.

Conway noted that such programs will “serve as the foundation” for the transition to value-based payment models (Slabodkin, Health Data Management, 4/24).

The strategic vision details:

  • A long-term vision for CMS’ public reporting and quality measurement programs; and
  • How CMS plans to achieve the objectives laid out in its quality strategy (Conway, “The CMS Blog,” 4/23).

The strategic vision includes five guiding principles to ensure that quality measurement and public reporting play a key role in improving health care:

  • Policies for quality reporting and value-based purchasing programs must be aligned;
  • Public reporting results in actionable, meaningful and transparent information;
  • Stakeholder feedback will guide the reporting programs;
  • Quality improvement is driven through feedback and data; and
  • Quality reporting programs rely on an aligned measure portfolio.

Conway wrote, “Our long-term vision for physician quality reporting programs and the improvement of these programs challenges us to continue striving for excellence in health care quality over the next several years” (Health Data Management, 4/24).

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