CMS and major commercial health plans, in concert with physician groups and other stakeholders, announce alignment and simplification of quality measures


First set of core measures, used as basis for quality-based payments, were developed by new broad collaborative of health care system participants 

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), as part of a broad Core Quality Measures Collaborative of health care system participants, released seven sets of clinical quality measures (  These measures support multi-payer alignment, for the first time, on core measures primarily for physician quality programs. This work is informing CMS’s implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) through its measure development plan and required rulemaking, and is part of CMS’s commitment to ensuring programs work for providers while keeping the focus on improved quality of care for patients.

AHA Calls for Data Blocking Clarification on Senate HELP Bill

From: RevCycleIntelligence


The AHA letter explains that data blocking provisions need to be clarified to ensure no providers are unfairly penalized for data sharing issues.

The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) needs to clarify and revise provisions regarding data blocking on its recent patient-centered EHR use draft bill, according to the American Hospital Association (AHA).