CMS debuts tool to help doctors share data for Quality Payment Program

By Mike Miliard
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The new API enables developers to make apps for physician practices that facilitate easier information exchange.
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has launched a Web-based tool that allows clinicians to automatically share electronic data for the Medicare Quality Payment Program.

The application program interface builds on CMS' Quality Payment Program website (qpp.cms.gov), making it easier for providers to retrieve and maintain the QPP measures and enable them to build apps for their practices.

The API allow developers to write software using the information described on the Explore Measures section of the website. CMS developed the API based on interviews with clinicians; it enables physicians and practice managers to select the measures that fit their practice, assemble them into a group, and print or save them for reference.

"An important part of the Quality Payment Program is to make it easier and less expensive to participate, so clinicians may focus on seeing patients," said Andy Slavitt, acting administrator of CMS. "This first release is a step in that process, both for physicians and the technologists who support them."

The Quality Payment Program aims to "pay smarter for better care," according to CMS. The aim is to reduce reporting burden on clinicians while also providing useful information to them and and other stakeholders to help improve quality.

As the program and its supporting website mature, CMS will continue to release data and APIs to spur innovation and keep participants up-to-date, officials said.

The new tool drew praise from several medical groups.

"The American College of Physicians supports the efforts of CMS to design and share publicly accessible interfaces that help simplify the process of physician participation in the Quality Payment Program," said ACP President Nitin S. Damle in a statement. "These efforts are aligned with ACP's ongoing efforts to help equip physicians with tools and support needed to transform from volume-based, to value-based, patient-centered care."

Kate Goodrich, MD, director of the CMS Centers for Clinical Standards and Quality, said that the API advances CMS’ focus on user-driven design.

"CMS is committed to collaborating with the organizations that doctors trust to make their lives easier, while supporting their efforts to improve the quality of care across America," she said.

The API is publicly available here.


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