AMGA creates standardized quality reporting measures
The AMGA on Monday endorsed a set of 14 quality measures for payers to use to simplify providers' reporting process for value-based purchasing programs.
The organization will present the measure set to the CMS to consider for using in its value-based purchasing programs. AMGA members argue that physicians have to report on too many measures in the agency's programs, which contributes to burnout and higher costs. Research shows that U.S. physician practices spend more than $15.4 billion a year to report quality measures.
"The time is right for this kind of innovation and collaboration because the folks at the CMS do appear to be really focused on reducing regulations that are impeding on the ability to provide care," added Dr. Scott Hines, who led the AMGA task force that developed the measure set and is chief quality officer at Crystal Run Healthcare.
CMS Administrator Seema Verma is interested in reducing administrative burdens. In April, the agency proposed eliminating 19 measures across its five quality and value-based purchasing programs and de-duplicating 21 others.
The AMGA also encouraged members to present the measure set to commercial payers they contract with. Dr. Jerry Penso, president and CEO of the AMGA, said he has already heard from physicians eager to present the measure set to insurers.
The set includes a mixture of process and outcome measures like depression screening and 30-day all-cause hospital readmissions. A task force made up of six clinicians selected the measures. The AMGA's public policy committee and board, which both include physician representatives, then approved them.
The measure set only applies to quality reporting to payers and is not meant to replace rigorous internal reporting done by health systems for quality improvement work, Hines said.
The AMGA's measure set is in line with rumblings happening nationally, he added. A few states are currently looking for ways to create standardized measure sets among commercial payers.
"We are starting to see some momentum around consolidating measures, but it's very hard to come up with a consensus," he said. "I hope the work we have done can help catalyze the process."
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