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ONC HIT Policy Committee-Quality Measures Workgroup Meeting

On March 28, the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for HIT (ONC) HIT Policy Committee Quality Measures Workgroup held a teleconference to discuss specific aspects of the latest proposed rules regarding the EHR Incentive Program (or “meaningful use”).  The workgroup is one of several HIT Policy Committee subgroups and tiger teams expected to provide the full committee with draft comments on the rulemakings next week.

The Quality Measures Workgroup was primarily concerned with the alternative clinical quality measure (CQM) reporting mechanisms in CMS’ proposed rule, particularly the group reporting and Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS)-related reporting options.

For group reporting, the workgroup would prefer to see batch file reporting of the CQMs (like the proposed alternative reporting option for the MU functionality objectives) instead of group-level measurement.  This preference would be the opposite of the HIT Policy Committee’s recommendation to the agencies last summer which called for exploration of group measurement options for all MU requirements, including the CQMs piece.

For the PQRS reporting-related alternative, the workgroup would prefer MU CQM reporting to be a substitute for PQRS and not the other way around.  CMS could decide to remove the reporting option from the future final rule, but the workgroup’s recommended “flip” would be unlikely to materialize without a separate rulemaking.

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