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Britney Rosenau

Britney joined Health Catalyst in January 2015 as a Program Manager for Regulatory Reporting and Operations through the Allina Health partnership. Prior to Allina Health she worked for the CDC’s Prevention Research Center, in Minneapolis, conducting a program evaluation on adolescent health. Britney has a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Minnesota.

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Evolving CMS Quality Measures Move Towards More Patient-Centered Care, Less Burden for Clinicians

With today’s comprehensive Meaningful Measures initiative, CMS has refocused healthcare quality measures on improving patient needs and experiences, reducing regulatory burden on clinicians, and removing barriers to value-based payment. The evolved quality measures center on patient, clinician, and health system needs and strategic goals to truly impact improving care and lowering costs.
Meaningful Measures, according to CMS, must meet seven criteria:

Are patient-centered and meaningful to patients, clinicians, and providers.
Address high-impact measure areas that safeguard public health.
Are outcome-based where possible.
Minimize the level of burden for providers.
Create significant opportunity for improvement.
Address measure needs for population-based payment through alternative payment models.
Align across programs.

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Five Strategies for Easing the Burden of Clinical Quality Measures

Healthcare systems need to view regulatory measures in a different light. Rather than approaching them as required processes that burden the system, they should be viewed as quality improvement opportunities that lead to best practices. It helps to have a strategy to get there:

Prioritize measures that truly impact patient care
Have a line-of-sight to reimbursement
Understand measure alignment across programs
Involve the right people
Get involved in measure development upstream

The right tools also help, but a plan for success is advised for healthcare system administrators and clinicians who need to ease the reporting burden and take advantage of every measure in a positive way.

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