Here We Go Again…

Meg Bryant over at Healthcare Dive reports that CMS released an API tool to ease MACRA reporting.
Dive Brief:

  • The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services launched an online tool enabling clinicians to automatically share electronic data for the Quality Payment Program.
  • The tool is the first in a series of efforts aimed at easing the burden of participating in the program, according to the agency.
  • Last month, CMS launched a QPP website to help physicians and other providers understand and navigate the new program.

Dive Insight:
With the application program interface tool, developers can write software for quality measures listed on the QPP website. CMS created an earlier tool, Explore Measures, so that clinicians could choose appropriate measures, assemble them into a group and save or print them for reference later.
The American Academy of Physicians and other groups praised the new online tool.
CMS published its QPP final rule, which implements the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), on Oct. 14.  In June, HHS announced a five-year, $100 million funding initiative to help small physician practices prepare for the program. Organizations awarded funding will assist practices in deciding which quality measures or EMRs best suit their needs and other issues related to QPP success.