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Quality Measures

Comments to CMS Administrator Seema Verma Promoting Medicare Price Transparency, HIT Interoperability and Public Disclosure of Inpatient Hospital Quality Information
In response to a recent CMS request for comments on a Medicare proposed rule, the Business Group recently provided comments on how best to promote price transparency in Medicare, promote data interoperability among health systems, physicians, and patients; and to continue its strong commitment to reporting and public disclosure of inpatient hospital quality information.
Jun 25, 2018
Comments to HHS Secretary Alex Azar on a Request for Information (RFI) on Promoting Healthcare Choice and Competition
The National Business Group on Health sent comments to HHS Secretary Alex Azar providing employer perspectives on consolidation in healthcare markets and abuses of market power, the need for improved consumer access to quality information and reforms to increase competition in the prescription drug market.
Jan 25, 2018
Washington Alert President's Executive Order Would Expand Small Employer and Individual Coverage Options and Expand HRA Flexibility
President issues Executive Order Directing Agencies to Examine Changes to HRA Rules to Make It Easier for Employers to Help Employees Pay for Health Care and to Add Options for Small Employers and the Individual Market
Oct 13, 2017
Comments to CMS Administrator Seema Verma on 2018 Proposed Updates to the Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System Supporting Transitioning Medicare Away from Fee-for-Service Reimbursement and Towards Alternative Payment Models
The National Business Group on Health submitted comments on the 2018 proposed rule (CMS-1678-P) supporting continuing to transform traditional Medicare away from fee-for-service reimbursement toward alternative payment models that command value and efficiency.
Sep 11, 2017
Comments to CMS Administrator Seema Verma on 2018 Proposed Updates to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Supporting Site-Neutral Payments, Reducing Providers' Reporting Burdens and Other Recommendations
The National Business Group on Health submitted comments on the 2018 proposed rule (CMS-1676-P) to update the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule supporting neutralizing payment rates for same services at different health care sites, reducing reporting burden on providers, as well as focusing on the nation's opioid and behavioral health epidemics.
Sep 11, 2017
Comments to CMS on a Proposed Rule to Modify the Quality Payment Program in Year 2 Supporting Continued Refinement of Payment Systems that Improve Care Quality
The National Business Group on Health submitted comments to The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on changes to Year 2 of the Quality Payment Program (QPP), originally implemented as part of the Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).
Aug 21, 2017
NBGH Comments to CMS on Proposed Rule for Medicare Hospital Inpatient Payment for 2018
NBGH submitted comments to support expansion of performance-based payment in Medicare and refinements to quality measurement and other improvements in Medicare.
Jun 19, 2017
Prescription Opioid Misuse and Abuse - 2016 Update
As the negative impact of prescription opioid misuse and heroin epidemic grows, private and public efforts to tackle the problem have accelerated in the past two years. This update reviews recent progress and outlines employer strategies to stem the problem while delivering assistance to employees and dependents in need.
Sep 22, 2016
FDA Delays Rule Requiring Updating of Generic Drug Product Safety Labels
Recently, the FDA delayed a final rule (until April of 2017) that would require generic drug manufacturers to update product safety labels to warn consumers of newly- discovered risks.
May 31, 2016
Opioid Misuse: What Employers Can Do
Prescription opioid and heroin use has become an epidemic in the U.S., with tens of thousands of American dying from overdose each year. New research reveals the extent to which this affects large employer plan members. This presentation reviews the evidence and provides recommendations for employers.
May 10, 2016
More Physicians Reporting Quality Data to Medicare, but 40% Still Do Not
While CMS reported last week that 47% more physicians reported to Medicare their performance on quality measures in 2013 than in 2012 (the most recent year for which complete data are available), more than 460,000 Medicare physicians (about 40% of the total) have not reported any data.
May 5, 2015
Comments Supporting the FDA’s Framework for Regulatory Oversight of Laboratory Developed Tests
The National Business Group on Health submitted comments to the FDA agreeing with the FDA that additional review of the safety and efficacy of laboratory developed tests (LDTs) will be beneficial to patients and supporting the FDA’s proposed phased-in, risk-based approach to LDTs.
Feb 2, 2015
National Business Group on Health's Position Statement on Health Care Quality and Patient Safety
Improving the quality and safety of health care will lead to healthier employees, lower costs and a more productive workforce.
Sep 22, 2014
Comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on the Inpatient Payment Rule for Acute Care Hospitals
The National Business Group on Health sent a comment letter to the CMS on 2013 proposed rule for the Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems (IPPS) for acute care hospitals.
Jun 21, 2012
National Business Group on Health's Position Statement on Flu Vaccination of Hospital Personnel
The National Business Group on Health believes hospitals should require annual flu vaccination of all employees as a condition of employment unless employees can demonstrate medical contraindications (with physician documentation) or religious objections.
Oct 18, 2011
State Patient Safety Reporting and Disclosure Laws, Rules and Regulations
A regularly updated chart containing a summary of state patient safety laws
Sep 2, 2009
CMS Adds to Never Events Policy, Will Stop Paying for Three "Never Events"
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued three National Coverage Determinations (NCDs) to protect patients from preventable surgical errors.
Jan 22, 2009
Medicare Will No Longer Pay for Some Medical Errors in Hospitals
CMS announced that Medicare will not pay hospitals for the costs of treating 'conditions that could reasonably have been prevented' or 'serious preventable events.' This action could help accelerate our patient safety initiative and other private sector moves.
Aug 24, 2007
Congress Passes Patient Safety Law
Policy Alert - June 28, 2005
Jun 28, 2005

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