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ACMT Soliciting Feedback on Quality Measures for Medical Toxicology

As part of an ongoing commitment to advocate for our specialty, ACMT has commissioned a task force to create toxicology-appropriate Quality Measures. The task force spent two years developing multiple measures with you in mind. We now need your help, and ACMT is soliciting your feedback through a Survey Monkey poll that will be emailed to you on July 5. Please provide feedback by July 19. Thank you in advance for your participation in this important project.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) instituted the Quality Strategy and the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) to ensure the best quality health care is delivered. CMS has strongly incentivized MIPS participation by linking reimbursement and a medical specialty’s financial viability to quality medical care. More specifically, individual providers will see a 4% reduction in payment by 2019 in the absence of participation.

As many of you know, the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) has taken a lead in developing quality measures for emergency medicine. To date no CMS-approved quality measures have been developed for medical toxicology. This makes MIPS participation impossible for the practicing medical toxicologist. Therefore, practicing our specialty may have significant additional challenges if no Quality Measures exist for us.

As part of an ongoing commitment to advocate for our specialty, ACMT has commissioned a task force to create toxicology-appropriate Quality Measures and has spent 2 years developing multiple measures with you in mind. We now need your help, and ACMT is soliciting your feedback. Please contribute by reviewing and commenting on the current Quality Measures under development.

A good Quality Measures has the following characteristics:
• Should be evidence-based
• Demonstrates that physician actions can impact an outcome, process or structure of care
• Works to eliminate gaps in care which may include:
- An area where improvement is needed
- Variations in care across providers or entities
- Disparities in care

In addition:
• Physicians must annually report on at least 6 measures to be eligible for a payment adjustment
• Minimum case volume is 20 patient encounters per measure per reporting year to ensure sufficient data for reliability

Measures should include:
• Well-defined patient population (denominator)
• Outcome or aspect of care to be measured (numerator)
• Patients for whom this outcome or process should not apply (exclusions)

Thank you so much for your assistance. 

If you have any questions please email Tony Pizon: pizonaf@upmc.edu