Two of the Senates most outspoken critics of Medicares Quality Improvement Organization program introduced legislation that would strip the programs QIO groups of their investigatory duties and instead give that responsibility to Medicare Provider Review Organizations, or MPROs.
The CMS contracts with QIOsthere are more than 50 nationwideto oversee and improve Medicare quality.
The bill, introduced by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus
(D-Mont.) and ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), would streamline the function of QIOs to focus on technical assistance in aiding quality and performance improvementwith an emphasis on underserved or rural provider communitiesaccording to a news release issued by the senators offices.
Additionally, the bill would also eliminate noncompetitive renewals for the organizations, strengthen board governance rules and create a level of transparency for the quality data the QIOs cull together.