SCG Awarded Follow-on Prime Contract for Physician Quality Measurement Management by HHS Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
The Center for Clinical Standards and Quality, under the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), awarded to Maryland-based Signature Consulting Group (SCG) the first of four follow-on option years to its prime contract for Physician Quality Measurement Management (PQMM). The goal of PQMM is to provide accurate, comprehensive and timely maintenance, management, implementation, and analytics of Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) measures across CMS physician quality programs in the pursuit of improving the quality of the nation’s healthcare system.
CMS continues a number of quality initiatives and its quality measurement strategic approach,which is aligned with the three aims of the National Quality Strategy that are pivotal to the improvement of the US healthcare system. CMS is a national leader in establishing and promulgating standardized Clinical Quality Measures (CQMs) to assess provider quality and report the results to providers and the public to promote accountability, quality improvement, and consumer choice.
The development and use of CQMs is a top healthcare priority and the tool of choice for improving quality of care. They are also used to objectively evaluate and promote the quality of care within the Federal quality reporting programs by aligning with the Measures Management Blueprint—a comprehensive and structured process for developing and maintaining evidence-based CQMs (including electronic) based on Electronic Health Records.
measure stewardship and management includes reporting and performance for the PQRS Program and other quality reporting programs: Accountable Care Organizations, Meaningful Use, and Value Based Modifier. Additionally, SCG is responsible for conducting business through partnerships within CMS and across other Federal and state agencies and non-government entities to promote health information technology.
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