"The two words ‘information’ and ‘communication’ are often used interchangeably, but they signify quite different things. Information is giving out; communication is getting through." -- Sydney J. Harris

Strategic Discussion on MACRA and National Measurement Alignment

In early June, MN Community Measurement hosted a joint meeting of the MNCM Board of Directors, MNCM Measurement and Reporting Committee (MARC) and community stakeholders to discuss the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), and its implications for aligning measurement in Minnesota.

About 60 people participated in the discussion, which began with a presentation by Ann Greiner, Vice President of Public Affairs at the National Quality Forum (NQF), a non-profit membership organization that has been advising Medicare on health care quality measures.  Ann gave an overview of the MACRA Legislation and its implications on provider payments.  Jasmine Larson, Manager of Measure Development at MNCM, then discussed the current status of measure alignment between MNCM measures and those proposed for MACRA. Finally, the group engaged in a facilitated discussion about the implications of MACRA on the core measures and measurement in Minnesota and what MNCM’s approach to alignment should be in the future.

This was the first step in a process to consider how MNCM’s measures may need to change in order to meet the community’s needs related to MACRA.  These conversations will continue at future MARC and other stakeholder meetings and ultimately MNCM plans to generate a report with recommendations on measure changes to our Board of Directors later this year.