Quality Incentive Programs Should Reflect Pharmacists’ Services, ASHP Says
Proposed changes to Medicare’s quality payment programs (QPPs) are unlikely to reach their cost and quality goals unless all providers are effectively integrated into team-based care, ASHP told the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) this week.
In its comment letter on CMS’s ongoing implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), ASHP cautions that unless value-based payment methodologies and quality metrics account for pharmacists’ services, pharmacists’ expertise and contributions in QPPs may be underutilized or unavailable to certain patients. ASHP urges CMS to strengthen its QPPs by ensuring that all members of the healthcare team, including pharmacists, are able to participate fully and to track their contributions to quality and outcome improvements.
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