The new approach aims to streamline the measures hospitals and physician practices must report on, focusing on those most essential to quality of care and improved outcomes.
Healthcare IT News quotes Administrator Seema Verma:
We need to move from fee-for-service to a system that pays for value and quality – but how we define value and quality today is a problem, We all know it: Clinicians and hospitals have to report an array of measures to different payers. There are many steps involved in submitting them, taking time away from patients. Moreover, it’s not clear whether all of these measures are actually improving patient care.
It’s better to focus on achieving results, as opposed to having CMS try to micromanage and measure processes. The ultimate goal of Meaningful Measures is to direct efforts on high-priority areas.
Meaningful Measures was developed in collaboration with the Learning Action Network, the National Academies of Medicine, Core Quality Measures Collaborative and the National Quality Forum.
See more remarks by Administrator Seema Verma at the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network (LAN) Fall Summit October 30, 2017. Verma outlines policy direction changes from the Trump administration on topics from “Meaningful Measures”, to a new initiative, “Patients Over Paperwork” to address regulatory burdens, MACRA and more. Read her prepared remarks at CMS.gov
Read the press release in which CMS Administrator Verma Announces New Meaningful Measures Initiative and Addresses Regulatory Reform; Promotes Innovation at LAN Summit
Jeff Smith, vice president of public policy for the American Medical Informatics Association, was guarded in his assessment of new CMS initiative. His caution is quoted by HealthData Management:
“The goals are laudable, but the talking points have been with us for several years now. Measurement depends on agreed-upon definitions of quality, and in an electronic environment, it requires access to and use of computable data. If CMS is going to turn these talking points into reality, it will need to put forth far more resources and commit additional experts to a complete overhaul of electronic quality measures for value-based payments, as we called for nearly two years ago.”