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MNCM Measures Used in PQRS, National Programs

MNCM is pleased to announce that the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) has included MNCM’s Optimal Vascular Care measure into its suite of measures for the 2014 registry reporting option. PQRS is a reporting program that uses a combination of incentive payments and payment adjustments to promote reporting of quality information by eligible professionals (EPs).

Previously, MNCM’s Optimal Diabetes Care measure and its five components were selected in 2012 as a Group Practice Reporting Option (GPRO), another reporting option in the PQRS program, and also are used in the Accountable Care Organization Medicare Shared Savings Program.

MNCM is encouraged by the continued adoption of its measures in federal programs and the accompanying recognition as a leader in health care quality measurement.  MNCM’s multi-stakeholder measure development process has been critical to its ability to create meaningful measures that have relevance at the national level.  Inclusion of these measures in federal programs creates alignment across local and national quality reporting programs, increasing their value to providers and consumers.

For more information about the PQRS program please refer to www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/PQRS/index.html.

View this article and others in The Measurement Minute — February 2014 newsletter.