In a February 29th, 2016 letter to Andrew Slavitt, acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), HIMSS offered a series of recommendations for the development, implementation, and reporting of electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) as part of the CMS Merit Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), acute care-focused, value-based incentive reimbursement programs, and other alternative payment models for 2017 and beyond.
In the letter, HIMSS emphasizes three key points:
- eCQM reporting should accurately reflect the quality of care delivered.
- eCQM reporting should minimize the implementation and data collection burden on providers and health IT developers by using information already collected for care and reducing the introduction of new workflows.
- eCQMs and its associated data must be relevant, useful and able to be used by providers and healthcare organizations to enhance care delivery and ultimately improve patient care outcomes.
HIMSS Quality, Cost, and Safety Committee chair Shelley DiGiacomo and Vice Chair Pauline Byom presented HIMSS recommendations at the Health IT Quality Symposium: Improving Quality in a Payment for Value World at HIMSS16.