NCCS submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on the proposed rule on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). Our comments focus on the role of consumers in identification, development, and endorsement of quality measures. As health care delivery and payment transition from a volume-based system, it is critically important that there be a constant focus on health care consumers. The transition to patient-centered care must be accomplished with the input of patients and caregivers.
Additionally, NCCS supported the comments submitted by the Cancer Leadership Council, which focused on the role of patients and patient advocates in improving quality measurement, fostering clinical practice improvement efforts, and evaluating and advancing alternative payment models. Finally, we supported the comments of the Consumer-Purchaser Alliance, which applaud CMS’s leadership in moving to value-based payments, directionally support CMS’s proposed implementation of MACRA, and offer suggestions to strengthen the Quality Payment Program.
Read the full comments below.