HIMSS and PCHA Comment on Quality Payment Program Year 2 NPRM

In a letter to Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator, Seema Verma, HIMSS and PCHAlliance joined together in offering comments to the CY 2018 Updates to the Quality Payment Program (QPP) Notice of Proposed Rule-Making (NPRM).

HIMSS and PCHAlliance offer appreciation of the additional flexibilities provided for clinicians in the 2018 QPP Proposed Rule. The approach taken by CMS to encourage successful participation in QPP while reducing burden aligns with our vision for how the program should proceed in 2018.  As the QPP 2018 program requirements included in the NPRM maintain incremental progress toward the goal of sustaining value-based care delivery and the concomitant improved patient outcomes as well as higher quality care, HIMSS and PCHAlliance offer their support for 2018 as an additional QPP transition year.

HIMSS and PCHAlliance offer their commitment to CMS’ efforts to move toward value-based care delivery through QPP in 2019 and beyond. This will include offering to work with partners across the healthcare enterprise to formulate principles and recommendations for CMS on how the federal government can work with the provider community on adopting value-based care delivery models in such a way that minimizes the clinician regulatory and reporting burden.  They also affirm their support of the start date around the requirements for the use of 2015 edition of Certified Electronic Health Record Technology as of January 1, 2019.

In the letter HIMSS and PCHAlliance also encourage the development of more telehealth and remote patient monitoring options in the QPP.  They encourage CMS to continue to work either towards the inclusion of specific telehealth or RPM activities, or towards an enhanced incentive program rewarding eligible clinicians for using telehealth or RPM to achieve existing improvement measures.  HIMSS and PCHAlliance believe strongly in the potential for RPM to increase patient satisfaction, reduce clinical burden, and provide higher-quality care at lower costs.

HIMSS and PCHAlliance remain committed to fostering a culture where health IT is optimally harnessed to transform health and healthcare by improving quality of care, enhancing the patient experience, containing cost, improving access to care, and optimizing the effectiveness of public payment. 

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