The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services issued a funding agreement under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 to progress the current quality measures for the Quality Payment Program under Medicare. The agency has announced it will give $26.6 million to the chosen healthcare organizations for assisting in the development of the improved quality measures. The agency’s $26.6 million reward will be issued to seven healthcare groups over a period of three years.
After an analysis of the Quality Payment Program, the CMS found that there were certain gaps in quality within six specialties (orthopedic surgery, pathology, radiology. mental health and substance abuse, oncology and palliative care. The CMS is seeking to improve these quality measures in an effort to drastically improve the quality of care, giving better outcomes for patients and relieving some burden off of physicians.
The chosen seven healthcare organizations will begin the improvement work this Fall. Currently, Medicare programs consist of 400+ quality measures, all driven to improve the quality of the patient experience.
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