Separate reports from a leading advisory group recommended steps to improve patient safety and further simplify proposed rules for the first performance-based system for all Medicare physicians.
Group: Streamline rules, standardize data for docs
The Measure Applications Partnership, a public-private initiative of the National Quality Forum, provided HHS with the recommendations today at the department's request.
The first report recommended creating a national core set of safety measures applicable to all patients; collecting safety data on all patients, regardless of care setting, age or payer; and organizing care coordination among public- and private-sector healthcare entities.
Separately, MAP's clinician work group suggested that HHS simplify the Physician Value-Based Payment Modifier, the first components of which were proposed July 1, to reduce the number of proposed measures. Such streamlining would reduce duplication and data collection efforts, according to the advisory group.
The program, which will adjust Medicare payments based on quality of care and costs incurred relative to other reports, has drawn criticism from many leading physician groups.
The physician advisory group also concluded that comprehensive alignment of patient quality will not occur until a common data platform is created that integrates administrative, registry and electronic health-record data.
"A future, unified health IT platform would eliminate disjointed data formats that result in confusing results and also would reduce duplication of measurement activities that are burdensome to clinicians," the MAP report's authors wrote.
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