CMS Announces Opportunity to Participate in a Study about the Burdens Associated with the Physician Quality Programs

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is conducting its 2018 Burdens Associated with Reporting Quality Measures Study, as outlined in the Quality Payment Program (QPP) Year 2 final rule – 2018 is the QPP’s second year of implementation.  Last year, 2017, was a transition year for the new program.  As the QPP matures and the reporting requirements increase, it is important that nephrologists participate in this study to ensure their reporting burdens are registered.  The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) Quality Committee and ASN Policy staff depend on your participation to advance regulatory policies that are beneficial and, when possible, less burdensome to nephrologists.

The study seeks to:

  • Examine clinical workflows and data collection methods using different submission systems;
  • Understand the challenges clinicians face when collecting and reporting quality data; and
  • Make future recommendations for changes that will attempt to eliminate clinician burden, improve quality data collection and reporting, and enhance clinical care.

Clinicians and groups who are eligible for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) that participate successfully in the study will receive full credit for the 2018 MIPS Improvement Activities performance category.  Applications for this study will be accepted through Monday, April 30, 2018, and applicants will be notified in the spring of 2018 if selected.  Those who would like to apply should complete the application .