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Doctors Call for Halt, Revamp to Quality Measures Used by CMS

The American Journal of Managed Care—April 18, 2018

The American Journal of Managed Care highlighted a recent study that analyzed physician performance measures and found that less than 40 percent of the metrics are valid.

According to the article, the American College of Physicians (ACP) reviewed 86 measures included in Medicare’s Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Quality Payment Program (QPP).

HSS chief value medical officer Catherine H. MacLean, MD, PhD, the study’s lead author, described the analysis as a "time to take a step back and thoughtfully consider the quality measures that we're using".

The authors of the study deemed that poor specifications might misclassify high-quality care as low-quality care.

"ACP is asking for the next generation of performance measures to be based on high-quality methodological rigor, follow uniform standards of measure development integrated into care delivery, and move away from easy-to-obtain data designed for billing and not user-friendly when it comes to improving care or filling performance gaps," said Dr. MacLean.

Read the full article at ajmc.com

 

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