"We believe the measures chosen are more outcome-oriented and would ultimately reduce the reporting burden on ACOs," CMS officials say in the proposed rules.
Tomas Mikuckis, a principal specializing in health and life sciences at New York, NY-based management consulting firm Oliver Wyman, says there are "three notable trends" in the quality measures set to be added to MSSP:
The proposed Medicare B rules also seek to provide incentives for MSSP ACOs to improve their quality measure scores from year-to-year. The incentives would be provided in addition to the program's standard gain-sharing calculation mechanism.
"ACOs that demonstrate quality improvement on established quality measures from year to year will be eligible for up to 2 bonus points per domain," say the proposed rules.