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Politico: CMS Aim to Align Quality Measures Under Meaningful Use

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Politico Morning eHealth writes: CMS wants to better align the clinical quality measures hospitals report under the meaningful use program and Medicare’s Inpatient Quality Reporting program, according to a proposed rule published Friday. “We believe that our proposals will ultimately decrease reporting burden to hospitals,” the 1,500-page rule states. “Electronic clinical quality measure collection does not require hospital staff time to find and pull paper medical records and manually review them to abstract data elements used in measure calculation.” There are no new clinical quality measures proposed for fiscal 2016, which starts in October. Hospitals that are not meaningful users will receive a 1.35 percent penalty in their fiscal 2016 Medicare payments.

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