Emily Mongan, staff writer of McKnight’s LTC News captures the essence of the deluge of measures in her recent article “Messy Proposal for Medicare Spending Alarms Providers”. Acumen released this month its draft specifications for the Medicare Spending Per Beneficiary. The draft is not only complex, it also has a very short comment window. Alarmed is a conservative description of how providers are and should be feeling with the release. To view the Acumen draft go to https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/MMS/Downloads/MSPB-PAC-Measure-Specifications-Draft.pdf.
Immediate responses from the industry include the obvious need for more time to review the draft, provide meaningful feedback and challenge the shortfalls of the measure. Finally, having a resource measure alone without outcome measurement cannot possibly create meaningful data.
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