CMS Creates Timeline for Quality Reporting Alignment

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CMS has created a timeline for eligible hospitals and eligible professionals as part of its effort to align quality measurements across programs in the eHealth Initiative.

This effort aims to reduce the burden of multiple quality reporting initiatives.

For eligible hospitals, by 2013, hospital value-based purchasing and inpatient quality reporting program clinical quality measures reported on Hospital Compare will be aligned.

By 2014, inpatient quality reporting will introduce electronic health record-based reporting. After 2014, clinical quality measures will be transitioned to EHR-based reporting in the EHR Incentive Programs.  

For individual eligible professionals, by 2013, the physician quality reporting system-EHR Incentive Program Pilot will be implemented. By 2014, PQRS EHR reporting options align, including clinical quality measures, reporting criteria and reporting mechanisms, in the 2013 physician fee schedule and the stage 2 rules.

By 2013, for eligible group practices, the PQRS group practice reporting option web interface clinical quality measures will be aligned with those in the ACO GPRO measure set and the physician value-based modifier GPRO measure set. In 2014, eligible group practices will be able to report clinical quality measures as a group directly to CMS to fulfill the requirement of the clinical quality measurement component of meaningful use for the EHR Incentive Programs.

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