In March, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its strategic vision for physician quality reporting programs, describing a long-term vision for CMS’ physician quality reporting programs and a future for these programs to strive towards over the next several years.
The Physician Quality Reporting Programs Strategic Vision, or “Strategic Vision”, describes how CMS will build on its current quality measurement and public reporting to advance the goals and objectives for quality improvement. The “Strategic Vision” also recognizes the issues concerning changing from a private fee-for-service payment system to payment being based on the quality and cost of care provided. Driving healthcare quality improvement is a core function of CMS, as they are the largest healthcare payer in the United States with millions of Medicare beneficiaries and Medicaid enrollees. Their efforts are focused towards a system that delivers better care, efficient with health care dollars spent that keeps the population healthy.
The five principles which CMS believes will help foster an environment of quality measurement and public reporting for beneficiaries and enrollees are:
- Input from patients, caregivers, and healthcare professionals will guide the programs.
- Feedback and data drives rapid cycle quality improvement.
- Public reporting provides meaningful, transparent, and actionable information.
- Quality reporting programs rely on an aligned measure portfolio.
- Quality reporting and value-based purchasing program policies are aligned.
CMS is already actively working towards the strategic vision statements through policies, programs, and other approaches. CMS will continue to build on accomplishments and move toward its vision for the future of optimizing quality reporting. They would like support from diverse stakeholders, including patients, caregivers, and healthcare professionals, in their vision for how quality measurement and public reporting can support their quality improvement efforts and improve healthcare quality nationwide.