HFMA Comments on CMS Physician Quality Reporting Measures
April 10—In a comment letter, HFMA has urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to harmonize physician quality reporting requirements across payment systems and programs while ensuring as much flexibility as possible in reporting mechanisms to reduce providers’ administrative burden.
The letter is in response to a Medicare request for information on the use of clinical quality measures reported under the Physician Quality Reporting System, the Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs, and other reporting programs.
In the letter, HFMA President and CEO Joseph J. Fifer, FHFMA, CPA, said the Association supports efforts to better align CMS policy with three core payment reform principles: quality, alignment, and simplification. By harmonizing reporting requirements across payment systems and programs, CMS can help to reduce redundant requirements, align financial incentives across provider types, and—most important—eliminate silos of care, which will lead to improved patient outcomes, HFMA said in the letter.
Additionally, Fifer wrote, “We do not recommend a set number of quality measures. The number should vary by specialty, as there are many more measures available to measure the quality of primary care than other specialties.”
Publication Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2013