Physicians fear a new CMS quality-reporting program, although voluntary, will create disorder in their practices and add significant overhead costs, the Medical Group Management Association said in a letter to the CMS. In a copy of the letter, MGMA President and Chief Executive Officer William Jessee, M.D., warned that the January 2006 start date for the physician-reporting program wouldn't leave practices enough time to update software. The CMS plans to begin collecting data from doctors on 36 quality measures using insurance claims forms. While many practices may have difficulty making the financial investments necessary to participate, they may feel pressure to do so in order not to appear uncooperative with the government, the MGMA said. In response to the letter, Trent Haywood, the CMS' deputy chief medical officer, said the agency believes the timing of the program is appropriate but "will continue to examine ways to reduce the burden" for physicians.
New CMS quality-reporting program worries MGMA
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