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    CMS, payers release core quality measures for physicians

    Physicians may finally get some relief from the growing array of quality metrics they have had to contend with in recent years.

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced last week that it and America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) have developed a core set of clinical quality measures for use in:


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    • Accountable care organizations, patient-centered medical homes and primary care,

    • Cardiology,

    • Gastroenterology,

    • HIV and hepatitis C,

    • Medical oncology,

    • Obstetrics and gynecology, and

    • Orthopedics


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    The announcement is an outgrowth of the Core Quality Measures Collaborative, a joint initiative that includes CMS, AHIP (the trade association representing most large commercial payers), the National Quality Forum, physicians’ organizations and others to align and harmonize quality measures used by both public and commercial payers.

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