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Specialists notch victory in new CMS rule on quality reporting
Modern Healthcare

Medicare has agreed to allow specialist medical societies to determine the quality measures physicians will report when the new reporting system goes into effect on Jan. 1.

The rule represents a major victory for the specialty societies, which had protested a common set of quality measures that many said favored primary care and family physicians over specialists. CMS in 2015 will begin imposing penalties on physicians who fail to report to one of these new “qualified clinical directories,” which will satisfy requirements for participating in the agency’s Physician Quality Reporting System.