The CMS has unveiled $30 million in grant funding to develop new quality measures for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System.
The agency wants to partner with clinicians, health systems, patient advocates and other stakeholders to develop measures that will lead to better health outcomes for patients.
The agency is especially interested in developing measures that track orthopedic surgery, pathology, radiology, mental health and substance use conditions, oncology, palliative care and emergency medicine.
The CMS' current measures have been criticized for focusing on primary care, and some experts have said they are not suitable for specialists.
"By working with practicing physicians, measures will have a degree of legitimacy that cannot be achieved when developed and pushed down by the government," said Anders Gilberg, senior vice president of government affairs for the Medical Group Management Association. "Physician practices can contribute significantly to this effort by testing measures in real world practice settings to ensure clinical relevance and to minimize administrative burdens."
The CMS will accept applications for grant funding through May 2. The agency will start awarding funds on August 3.
Dr. Kate Goodrich, chief medical officer at the CMS, had foreshadowed the funding opportunity late last year.
"If we are holding providers accountable for outcomes, they have got to be at the table and help drive this change," Goodrich said.
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