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CMS Seeks Stakeholder Recommendations I PCPI Advocacy in 2019

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PCPI Announcements

February 5th, 2019

PCPI Announcements

In this issue….

Opportunities to Engage

Opportunities to Influence

Stay Informed

PCPI In the Field

Opportunities to Engage

Tales from the Measurement Front - Featuring AAPM&R

Developing meaningful performance measures for inclusion in national quality reporting programs is no easy task, but as you will learn from this webinar series, it can be done. Featuring the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R), we will discuss the challenges and lessons learned in measure development, and how performance measurement is evolving with the Quality Payment Program.  

When: February 27th at 11AM Central Time

Register Here.

Did you miss the first three Tales from the Measurement Front sessions in 2018 featuring representatives from the American Academy of Dermatology, the American College of Radiology, and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons? Our 2018 sessions, as well as other courses from 2018, are available to download on PCPI’s website here.



Opportunities to Influence

CMS is Seeking Stakeholder Recommendations for MIPS 2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is encouraging stakeholders to provide recommendations for the quality performance category for program year 2020 of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) program.

“This request is separate from the annual Call for Quality Measures. Recommendations for new specialty sets or revisions to the 2019 specialty sets for the quality performance category should be made based on the established 2019 quality measures.” - CMS e-Newsletter, January 18, 2019

  • The CY 2019 quality measure specifications can be found here:

  • The current 2019 specialty measure sets for the quality performance category are located in the posted 2019 Quality Measures List in the folder titled CQM Specifications Supporting Documents of the following ZIP file (titled 2019 Clinical Quality Measure Specifications and Supporting Documents):

  • Each recommendation must include the following in order to be considered:

  • The quality measure ID

  • Measure title

  • Supporting rationale and/or documentation that would support inclusion or exclusion of the current quality measure(s) from existing specialty measure sets or inclusion in new specialty measure sets.

  • CMS specifically requests stakeholder feedback on applicable quality measures for the following specialties: Endocrinology, Pulmonology, Clinical Social Work, and Chiropractic services.

Submissions of recommendations for a new specialty measure set and/or revisions to the current 2019 specialty measure sets for the performance category should be sent to the PIMMS Quality Measures Support mailbox at by COB Monday, February 11th.



Stay Informed

PCPI, PCRC and CMSS @ CMS: Advocating for You on Critical QCDR Issues

PCPI is working collaboratively with the Council for Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS) and the Physician Clinical Registry Consortium (PCRC) to solve critical QCDR issues that are important to you and to bring these issues to the attention of CMS (the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services). PCPI, CMSS, PCRC and QCDR stewards will brainstorm on opportunities to improve processes and address QCDR challenges in a “Whiteboard” meeting with CMS on February 6th in Baltimore Maryland.

This cross-organizational collaboration is part of PCPI’s newly launched advocacy initiative.  Details of the collaboration and other recent and planned advocacy activities were presented in a PCPI member webinar on January 23. Information presented on the webinar are available for download here.  To get involved with PCPI advocacy initiatives, please contact Chrystal Price, or Kerri Fei,

“Our goals for the new launched advocacy program are to engage members, educate policymakers, respond to rulemaking, and build effective coalitions ”, said Marjorie Rallins, DPM, MSMI, Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer. “The collaboration among PCPI, CMSS and PCRC represents a necessary coalition to address QCDR challenges on your behalf", Dr. Rallins said.

Join us on March 7th for a full overview of PCPI’s strategic priorities, including our recent Advocacy efforts and plans for the year ahead. Register here.



PCPI in the Field

HBCU Thought Leaders in Precision Medicine

On February 1, 2019 Nadene Chambers, Associate Director, Measure Testing and Marjorie Rallins, Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer represented the PCPI as discussants at a session entitled “THOUGHT LEADERS IN PRECISION MEDICINE: Filling the Accountability Void: Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and the All of Us Research Program”.  The session was hosted by the National Minority Quality Forum (NMQF) in Washington, DC and moderated by Elizabeth Ofili, MD, MPH, Director and Senior Associate Dean, Clinical Research Center & Clinical and Translational Research, Morehouse School of Medicine.

The conversation focused on the ways in which traditionally underrepresented groups, including African Americans, can be meaningfully engaged in the All of Us Research Program which is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  The PCPI is interested in this work because of the potential opportunity to serve as an engaged stakeholder /partner in the effort to use data from the program to learn more about how individual differences in lifestyle, environment, and biological makeup can influence health and disease.  



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