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CMS’ New Quality Measures: Is Your Organization Ready?

With the introduction of universal quality measures, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has paved the way for a true quality revolution. The new metric sets, introduced in February, are an important step toward consistency in measuring, evaluating and comparing quality and health outcomes—critical functions in an increasingly value-based environment. The stakes will be high for provider organizations, clinicians and patients as the measures are used to assess and publicize performance, and determine financial rewards and penalties based on quality outcomes (MACRA’s Physician Payment program promises an 18% year four differential in physician payments, with funds flowing from low performers to high performers).

Leading health systems recognize that differentiating themselves based on quality performance will be critical in this new era; they are preparing by assessing their existing quality infrastructure and measurement/reporting systems and by developing comprehensive, systemic approaches to effectively integrate the new measures and improve quality performance overall.

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