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HHS mulls how to measure and pay for quality in rural care
Modern Healthcare

Rural providers should be required to participate in federal pay-for-performance programs, but the measurements should reflect rural patient volume, patient demographics and practice size, according to an analysis requested by HHS. A 20-member committee convened by the National Quality Forum was tasked by HHS to determine how to deal with the difficulties in using performance measures to judge rural practitioners for CMS pay-for-performance programs. In its report, the committee recommended a two- to four-year phased approach to including rural providers in federal quality-improvement initiatives.

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