Joint Quality Payment Program Task Force Met on Tuesday, May 24 – Next Meeting Scheduled for Friday, May 27

On May 24, 2016, the Joint Quality Payment Program Task Force, an advisory board of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), met to review the Task Force charge and work plan. The Task Force is charged with reviewing the MACRA Proposed Rule with a specific focus on how the use of certified health IT by MIPS eligible clinicians can support value-based, quality-focused care under the Quality Payment Program.

 

Specifically the Task Force will provide input on the following questions:

  • Does the NPRM’s approach for the Advancing Care Information (ACI) category sufficiently reduce burden on Eligible Clinicians while increasing overall flexibility, consistent with the policy vision for the program?

 

  • Will the proposal for the ACI category adequately incentivize continued health IT adoption and use to support overall policy objectives of interoperability and widespread adoption of certified health IT?

 

  • How will flexibility proposed within the ACI category impact participation by different groups of Eligible Clinicians? For instance, will the introduction of the proposed base score component encourage program participation by Eligible Clinicians who are new users of certified health IT? Will the proposal for performance scoring incentivize achievement and improvement by more experienced Eligible Clinicians?

 

  • Does the NPRM’s certified health IT adoption requirements for each program achieve the stated policy goal of enabling Eligible Clinicians to transition smoothly between MIPS and APMs? Will the proposed APM scoring standard support the stated policy goals to reduce MIPS reporting burden for providers in APMs?

 

  • Are there clarifications to the policies that could support adoption of electronic reporting for CQMs and to encourage QCDRs and other third-party entities to adopt and implement certified health IT? For future program evolution, what should be considered as the next step for continued development of health IT to support specification, testing, and certification of clinical quality measures?

 

  • As certified health IT capabilities evolve over time, how should new capabilities be incorporated into the MIPS program (for instance, as optional activities within the Clinical Practice Improvement Activities inventory) and requirements for APMs? How can MIPS and APMs facilitate adoption of emerging standards-based health IT over time?

Agenda and meeting materials from the May 24 meeting can be accessed here.

 

On Friday, May 27, 2016, from 12:30 PM-2:30 PM ET the Policy Subgroup of the Joint Quality Payment Program Task Force will meet. Members of the public can access the meeting and meeting materials here.

 

More information on MACRA can be found at the McDermottPlus MACRA Resource Center.