AMGA endorses 14 value measures to reduce quality reporting burden

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A set of value measures to simplify the quality reporting process and limit the burden on providers and group practices has been endorsed by the board of directors of the American Medical Group Association.

The AMGA selected 14 measures to address flaws with the quality measurement and reporting system, which is duplicative and non-standardized.

"AMGA members report hundreds of different quality measures to various public and private payers, the vast majority of which are not useful in evaluating or improving the quality of care provided," the association stated.

A task force of AMGA members, chaired by Scott Hines, MD, Crystal Run Healthcare chief quality officer, developed the measure set.

"This set reflects the collective views of integrated systems and multispecialty medical groups that are leading the move to value-based care," Dr. Hines said. "It is not intended to replace all other measures, but instead serve as a standardized set for reporting purposes. Measures not included still have value when reported internally to drive quality improvement within healthcare provider organizations."

The 14 measures:

1. Emergency Department use per 1,000
2. SNF admissions per 1,000
3. 30-day all cause hospital readmission
4. Admissions for acute ambulatory sensitive conditions composite
5. HbA1C poor control > 9 percent
6. Depression screening
7. Diabetes eye exam
8. Hypertension (HTN)/high blood pressure control
9. CAHPS/health status/functional status
10. Breast cancer screening
11. Colorectal cancer screening
12. Cervical cancer screening
13. Pneumonia vaccination rate
14. Pediatric well child visits (0-15 months)

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