Performance measures symposium will help answer growing list of questions
Some say the performance measurement train has left the station. There is no doubt that there is widespread concern from physicians about the financial consequences and regulatory complexity of the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), Meaningful Use, Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Program, and Value Based Modifier. In 2015, the Sustainable Growth Rate Reform, also known as the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), called for the consolidation of all of these programs into a new system called the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), which will begin in 2019. Yet in order to avoid negative payment adjustments, providers are still required to successfully participate in the current Medicare quality reporting programs. As a result, there is a wave of questions and concerns about the measurement of cost of care without accompanying quality of care measures in the current quality reporting programs.