CMS Releases Potential Stage 3 Measures for EHR Incentive Programs

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CMS is asking for public comment on new measure specifications for potential use by eligible professionals in the Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs, which were developed under contract by Mathematica Policy Research and the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

According to the report, the proposed measures assess key components of the annual wellness visit benefit created through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act for Medicare beneficiaries. An annual wellness visit benefit is a health risk assessment for new beneficiaries of Medicare. The measures are as follows:

• Percentage of patients 65 years of age and older with an annual wellness visit during the measurement period who received age- and sex-appropriate preventative screenings and behavioral risk assessments recommended by the Untied States Preventative Services Task Force.
• Percentage of patients 65 years of age and older with an annual wellness visit during the measurement period who received management of identified risks and immunizations recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

Mathematica and CMS are requesting that stakeholders review and provide feedback on these measures, especially in the following areas:

• Relevance of the measures to be the mission of public reporting under the EHR Incentive for EPs.
• Usefulness of the measures to improve quality of care for Medicare patients.
• Feasibility of data collection via EHRs for the purposes of public reporting under the EHR Incentive Program for EPs.

For more information on how to submit a public comment, click here.

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