Big Win for Primary Care Physicians!

Submitted on Mon, 11/08/2021 - 12:16

New Primary Care Focused Performance Measure Accepted by CMS

On November 3, 2021, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) accepted a new clinical quality measure into their Quality Payment Program (QPP) Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) for 2022, which will be available to primary care clinicians through the QPP in 2022. The Person-Centered Primary Care Measure (PCPCM) is part of a broader Measures That Matter to Primary Care initiative, and better represents the contributions of primary care physicians in improving care quality. The PCPCM is a patient reported outcome performance measure (PRO-PM) developed by the Larry A. Green Center and Center for Professionalism and Value in Health Care, with support from the American Board of Family Medicine Foundation. 

This brief, 11-item questionnaire allows patients to assess their relationship with their clinician and how that impacts their health. Items on the questionnaire include statements such as “The practice makes it easy for me to get care,” “This doctor or practice knows me as a person,” and “Over time, my practice helps me to stay healthy.” Thousands of primary care clinicians say that this feedback is more meaningful for them than typical patient-reported quality assessments. 

The Measures That Matter to Primary Care effort aims to allow family physicians to choose this new measure for use in their reporting to the QPP. The PCPCM PRO-PM is specifically relevant to the high-value functions of primary care and to the relationships that patients and physicians find meaningful. It will be available in the Family Medicine and Internal Medicine measure sets beginning in January 2022, and in the Optimizing Chronic Disease Management MIPS Value Pathway for 2023.

ABFM encourages family physicians to consider the PCPCM PRO-PM when choosing measures for reporting to the QPP. 

For more information, visit Measures That Matter | The Center for Professionalism and Value in Health Care or contact Clinician Measure Director Jill Shuemaker at [email protected].