Articles  |   March 2015
Newly Proposed CMS Performance Measures for Physician Anesthesiologists
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Articles   |   March 2015
Newly Proposed CMS Performance Measures for Physician Anesthesiologists
ASA Monitor 03 2015, Vol.79, 22-25.
ASA Monitor 03 2015, Vol.79, 22-25.
Performance measurement has become a necessity in modern anesthesia practice. Rising health care costs have forced the practice of medicine to change its aim from quality alone to value – encompassing quality and efficiency. This change cannot be ignored: by 2017, 9 percent of all Medicare payments will be performance-based.1 
The specific measures tied to Medicare payments are required by law to be publicly available and undergo a “pre-rulemaking process” that permits groups, such as ASA, to provide input prior to their adoption (or rejection). This past December, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a “list of measures under consideration.” CMS sought input on these measures through February 1, 2015 prior to adopting any new measures. Here we highlight proposed measures that may be relevant to physician anesthesiologists, including measures that were stewarded by ASA.
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