The CMS plans to advance an even more robust set of performance measures for physicians in 2008, Herb Kuhn, the agencys acting deputy administrator, announced at the World Health Care Congress in Washington.
A few weeks ago, the agency had posted detailed specifications for 74 measures included in the 2007 Physician Quality Reporting Initiative, which was established by last years tax extender bill, and sets up a financial incentive for physicians to participate in a voluntary quality reporting program.
Next years measures, however, will be even more structured, asking physicians whether they have electronic prescribing, or electronic health records, he said. This is evidence that the CMS is not standing still on this issue, Kuhn said, although 69% of participants who were polled at the Congress said the agency wasnt moving fast enough on advancing performance measurement. Fifty percent thought the agency was moving at a decent pace, and 7% thought it was going too fast.
The American Medical Association supports developing quality measures, although those measures must promote a doctors ability to improve quality of care, AMA President William Plested said at the meeting. -- by Jennifer Lubell