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CMS publishes Quality Measure Development Plan

Physician Practice Insider, May 17, 2016

CMS released the final Quality Measure Development Plan (MDP) May 2. The final plan incorporates stakeholder comments sent in response to the draft plan, released December 2015. The MDP is the framework CMS will use to develop clinical quality measurements to support the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and alternative payment models (APM).

The agency received a number of comments on the draft MDP, according to a CMS blog post. Industry stakeholders expressed a strong interest in participating in CMS’ quality measure development process. Most commenters supported the agency’s move to strategic measures and greater stakeholder engagement. They also suggested priorities for measures designed for specialties and pointed out gaps in current measurements.

CMS responded by refining and prioritizing measures and identifying performance gaps in the six quality areas. The agency will work with the Core Quality Measures Collaborative, a work group created by America’s Health Insurance Plans, to align reporting across settings and payers.

The final MDP attempts to further reduce duplication of reporting and administrative burden by increasing CMS’ coordination with other federal agencies and stakeholders that collect quality reporting data. The agency plans to continue to work with physicians, other providers, payers, and patients to create a quality measure reporting system that collects meaningful data.

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