Specialists call for testing, evaluation of quality measures

Alliance of Specialty Medicine poll shows concern about effectiveness, impact of current programs

Nearly 85 percent of medical specialists responding to a poll said that the quality reporting measures in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) must be tested and evaluated before the program is expanded or made permanent.

“Physicians want to provide the very best quality care and participate in this process, but this new federal process will only work if physicians have the time to prepare and the measures are proven,” said E. Anthony Rankin, MD, AAOS first vice president.

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