CMS Administrator Seema Verma announced a new initiative this past Monday that intends to streamline quality measures, reduces regulatory burden and promote innovation in the healthcare industry as it transitions from fee-for-service to value-based payments. The effort, called the Meaningful Measures initiative, is being described as a “new approach to quality measurement." Verma also commented, “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.”
According to the agency, the Meaningful Measures initiative will “involve only assessing those core issues that are most vital to providing high-quality care and improving patient outcomes,” while adding that CMS “aims to focus on outcome-based measures going forward, as opposed to trying to micromanage processes.”
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