The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), alongside America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) recently released clinical quality measures in an effort to standardize the measures included in payer-specific physician quality programs. The measure sets were developed to aid physician focus on quality of care, as well as to reduce the difficulties associated with reporting varying measure sets to different payers. These seven measure sets include: Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)/Patient Centered Medical Homes (PCMH)/Primary Care, Cardiology, Gastroenterology, HIV and Hepatitis C, Medical Oncology, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Orthopedics.
CozevaⓇ’s CMO, Dr. Wayne Pan states that “Cozeva fully supports the standardization of clinical quality measures across payers, because standardization will streamline efforts for providers who currently report different sets of measures to a multitude of payers. Our California clients are fortunate because Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA) already coordinates the standardization of California measure sets; they lead the nation in their efforts to harmonize measures across all payers. As standardization occurs at a national level, Cozeva has the capability and willingness to be the platform that supports this process. Cozeva believes this type of standardization will make it easier for payers to keep up with the increasing focus on quality payments and allow physicians to achieve higher quality levels with greater efficiency.” CMS and major commercial health plans, in concert with physician groups and other stakeholders, announce alignment and simplification of quality measures