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Reflecting on the "Q" in QPP Discussion

Tuesday, October 23, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Bevin Rousopoulos
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Thank You for Joining the Discussion!


A big THANK YOU to our 2018 Fall Conference speakers, sponsors and attendees who joined us for our discussion focused on the Quality Payment Program: Where Do We Go From Here?


We covered a lot over the course of 2 days and as a collective started the first steps to developing action plans to inform PCPI advocacy agenda for improving the QPP as a tool for improving patient care. For those of you who were not able to join us last week, below is a short synopsis of the experience:


PCPI Board Chair, Jack McIntyre, MD, welcomed members and guests to the PCPI Fall Conference 2018 and stressed the importance of collaboration among clinicians, patients and other stakeholders in improving patient care. Dr. McIntyre stated that advocacy, both formally through public policy development and participation in regulatory processes and informally through outreach and coalition building, will be a major focus for PCPI over the next year. “We are making good progress and will make more,” he said.


Kate Goodrich MD, MHS, director and Chief Medical Officer of the CMS Center for Clinical Standards and Quality, provided the opening keynote address on October 17th by offering insight into regulators’ thinking on QPP changes in 2019 and beyond. Among the top topics discussed: changes to how CMS handles “topped out” MIPS measures, harmonizing MIPS and QCDR measures to make participation less burdensome for clinicians and more effective in improving patient care. “We are thinking hard about how to more aggressively transition to more meaningful measures that better reflect value,” Dr. Goodrich said. “PCPI can be very helpful to us.”


Setting the the tone for October 18th, Temaka Williams MPH, MBA, Telligen Senior Health Information Technology Advisor updated attendees on Year 2 of CMS’ Quality Payment Program and proposed changes for Year 3. Significant changes proposed for 2019 included: introduction of the Meaningful Measures Initiative, expansion of MIPS program opt-in criteria, new rules for retiring “topped out” measures and new measures to promote use of interoperable electronic health record systems.


Following our opening presentations, attendees participated in facilitated discussions on their experiences with CMS’ Quality Payment Program which helped participants to surface issues as a first step in developing action plans for improving QPP as a tool for improving patient care. Over the next few weeks PCPI will be coordinating the information and feedback collected from these discussions to keep us moving forward on next steps. Stay tuned!


Is your organization a member of PCPI?


Check out our represented organizations list and if the organization you work for or an organization you are a member of is on the list, then you are entitled to membership with PCPI. If you are not affiliated with a member organization, now’s the time to join and take full advantage of our membership benefits as we continue to develop programs, tools and initiatives to help chart the course in the ever-changing quality landscape.

Plan to join us for our next in-person event and mark your calendars for PCPI’s 2019 National Conference. More information to come in early 2019.


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