Why should I submit feedback on quality measures?
With recent efforts to increasingly tie physician payment to quality of care, quality measurement has become an important part of the healthcare landscape. Robust stakeholder engagement and input is an essential element of quality measure development and maintenance. As a measure steward, ASA works to incorporate stakeholder feedback into its quality measures throughout the development and maintenance processes.
As part of our measure development process, all new quality measures developed by the ASA are made available for public comment prior to inclusion in the Qualified Clinical Data Registry or in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). During this period, members and other stakeholders are invited to review the draft measures under development and offer their feedback on the measure’s relevance, appropriateness, and usefulness. Stakeholders are also invited to recommend specific changes to the draft measures during this period. Once the public comment period is complete, submitted stakeholder feedback is reviewed by physicians on the Measures Technical Expert Panel and used to further refine the measures. In 2017, ASA solicited public comments on eight draft quality measures.
Once quality measures have been finalized and implemented for MIPS or QCDR reporting by ASA, they continue to undergo annual reviews and updates. During this annual maintenance process, QRA staff review questions and comments related to the quality measures that have been submitted throughout the year. Oftentimes, additional definitions, guidance statements, or other modifications are made to the measures based on stakeholder input. Stakeholders are encouraged to submit their questions and comments related to quality measures to QRA staff at email@example.com.
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