AMGA Endorses Streamlined Value Measurement Set to Reduce Reporting Burden

Middletown, N.Y. – June 28, 2018 –Crystal Run Healthcare’s Chief Quality Officer and Medical Director, Scott Hines, MD, a member of the American Medical Group Association’s (AMGA) Board of Directors, recently led a task force of AMGA Members to develop a new set of value measures in an effort to simplify the quality reporting process to reduce the burden of reporting and address related provider burnout. On June 25th, the AMGA announced its Board of Directors endorsed the set of 14 streamlined value measures which included both process and outcome measures that were selected to lessen the duplication and lack of data standardization the system currently faces. Cancer screening and immunization rate processes were included to focus attention on quality while additional measures emphasize the need to evaluate how care is provided to best drive quality improvement.

“Medical practices are being burdened with reporting dozens if not hundreds of quality measures across many different payers. This takes time and resources away from focusing on patient care. The goal of this task group was to reduce the burden of reporting across government and commercial payers by developing a standardized set of measures that medical practices can focus on to actually improve the care provided to patients. It was great to work with other progressive medical practices across the country to achieve this common goal,” said Scott Hines, MD, Chief Quality Officer and Medical Director for Crystal Run Healthcare. Dr. Hines was elected to serve on the AMGA’s Board of Directors earlier this year.

As Chief Quality Officer and Medical Director of Crystal Run’s Medical Specialties Division, Dr. Hines helps to cultivate and implement the clinical programs necessary to deliver value-based care which include the creation of best practice guidelines, a variation reduction program, and continuous quality improvement initiatives. He is a board certified Endocrinologist and joined Crystal Run Healthcare in 2006.

The 14 measures are:

1. Emergency Department use per 1,000
2. SNF Admissions per 1,000
3. 30-day all cause hospital readmission
4. Admissions for acute ambulatory sensitive conditions composite
5. HbA1C poor control > 9%
6. Depression screening
7. Diabetes eye exam
8. Hypertension (HTN)/high blood pressure control
9. CAHPS/health status/functional status
10. Breast cancer screening
11. Colorectal cancer screening
12. Cervical cancer screening
13. Pneumonia vaccination rate
14. Pediatric well child visits (0-15 months)