CMS is looking to modernize the ACO reporting process by mandating the use of electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs). However, accountable care organizations (ACOs) are concerned that the lack of healthcare interoperability will make electronic ACO reporting near impossible.
“CMS must avoid making eCQMs mandatory until standard data fields exist across EHRs, and true interoperability is achieved,” the National Association of ACOs (NAACOS) said in a Sept. 13th letter to CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure.
CMS had previously mandated ACOs report quality using eCQMs starting next year. The agency later backtracked the mandate, instead proposing to phase in electronic ACO reporting over the next couple of years. If the 2022 Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule is finalized as is, then electronic ACO reporting using eCQMs would be mandatory starting in 2024.