A provision in the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, which passed in the waning hours of the past year to avert the “fiscal cliff,” may allow oncology practices to meet their Physician Quality Reporting System requirements by participating in ASCO’s Quality Oncology Practice Initiative® (QOPI) starting in 2014.
The law, which was signed by President Obama on January 2, allows physicians to meet their federal quality reporting requirements through participation in clinical data registries approved by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ASCO worked with other medical specialty societies to achieve bipartisan support for this key provision, which begins in 2014 and offers a critical first step toward more robust quality monitoring in cancer.
In the coming months, the society will provide input to HHS as it develops the criteria and framework to qualify registry programs—such as QOPI—for reporting under the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. In February, HHS will request feedback from stakeholders, including ASCO, on the necessary requirements and core functions of this alternative CMS quality reporting system.
QOPI is a national quality assessment and improvement program involving more than 800 registered oncology practices across the country that is designed to measure care provided in outpatient oncology practices against evidence-based and expert consensus care recommendations, and therefore inform quality improvement activities. Participation in QOPI is voluntary, and has been growing steadily since its inception in 2006.
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