By Blair Childs, Senior Vice President, Public Affairs
The Premier healthcare alliance appreciates that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) heard stakeholder concerns and delayed changes to the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) quality standard until 2022. Premier has long advocated for a reduction in measures and allowing ACOs options for reporting measures outside the CMS Web Interface. However, implementing these changes for the 2021 performance period while providers are still actively responding to the COVID-19 pandemic would have introduced additional burden.
Moving forward, we urge CMS to refine the measure set for ACOs to reflect a total cost of care arrangement where providers are responsible for coordinating care across the continuum. Alternative payment models (APMs) should not have to align with the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). Instead, MIPS reporting requirements should be structured to encourage clinicians to adopt APMs.
About Premier, Inc.
Premier, Inc. (NASDAQ: PINC) is a leading healthcare improvement company, uniting an alliance of more than 4,100 U.S. hospitals and health systems and approximately 200,000 other providers and organizations to transform healthcare. With integrated data and analytics, collaboratives, supply chain solutions, and consulting and other services, Premier enables better care and outcomes at a lower cost. Premier plays a critical role in the rapidly evolving healthcare industry, collaborating with members to co-develop long-term innovations that reinvent and improve the way care is delivered to patients nationwide. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Premier is passionate about transforming American healthcare. Please visit Premier’s news and investor sites on www.premierinc.com; as well as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram and Premier’s blog for more information about the company.