PBGH urges CMS to maintain high bar for performance measurement in its hospital accountability programs

PBGH, along with 19 other consumer and purchaser organizations, signed on to C-P Alliance's comment letter, urging CMS to adopt only high-value measures - that is, those that are meaningful, important, and actionable - in its hospital accountability programs including the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program (IQR), the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program (HVBP), the Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program (HACR), the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP), and the PPS-Exempt Cancer Hospital Quality Reporting Program (PCHQR). We caution CMS against making any changes to these programs to reduce burden without considering the trade-offs in availability of information.