The National Quality Strategy (NQS), led by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), under the direction of the US Department of Health and Human Services hosted a Webinar on May 17th, highlighting the 2015 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report and 5th Anniversary Update on the National Quality Strategy.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), recently released the CMS Quality Strategy. The CMS Quality Strategy is synergistic to the 6 NQS priorities and include 6 goals:

  • Goal 1: Make care safer by reducing harm caused in the delivery of care.
  • Goal 2: Strengthen person and family engagement as partners in their care.
  • Goal 3: Promote effective communication and coordination of care.
  • Goal 4: Promote effective prevention and treatment of chronic disease.
  • Goal 5: Work with communities to promote best practices of healthy living.
  • Goal 6: Make care affordable

These strategic reports coincide with the April 27th, 2016 Notice by the US Department of the Health and Human Services Proposed Rulemaking to implement key provisions of the Medicare Access and Summary CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) legislation.

The proposed rule will implement reimbursement changes through a unified framework the Quality Payment Program, directing 2 reimbursement paths: Merit based incentive based payment system (MIPS) or the Advanced alternative payment model (APM).

The May 2, 2016 release of the: CMS Quality Measure Plan: Supporting the Transition to the Merit Based Incentive Payment System and Alternative Payment Models, provides direction and preparation for the enactment of this legislation beginning January, 2017. Are you prepared?

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