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CMS launches API to help providers share Quality Payment Program data

Chris Nerney
Chris Nerney, Contributing Writer |
CMS launches API to help providers share Quality Payment Program data

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a tool that allows providers to automatically share electronic data for the Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP).
The federal agency said the new Application Programming Interface (API) “is the first in a series that will be part of CMS’s ongoing efforts to spur the creation of innovative, customizable tools to reduce burden for clinicians, while also supporting high-quality care for patients.”
CMS last month launched a Quality Payment Program interactive website designed to help providers understand how QPP works and to successfully participate.
“Today’s release builds on that site by making it easier for other organizations to retrieve and maintain the Quality Payment Program’s measures and enable them to build applications for clinicians and their practices,” CMS said in a statement.
The API, which can be accessed here, will let developers write software using information described in the Explore Measures section of QPP.cms.gov, CMS said. The Explores Measures tool is designed to allow clinicians and practice managers to select measures that are a likely fit for their practice. These measures can be assembled into a group and then saved for reference.
“The API released today will continue CMS’s focus on user-driven design by providing developers and our partners the opportunity to turn our data into powerful applications,” said Dr. Kate Goodrich, director of the CMS Centers for Clinical Standards and Quality. “CMS is committed to collaborating with the organizations that doctors trust to make their lives easier, while supporting their efforts to improve the quality of care across America.”
The QPP offers providers two payment tracks and extends options if they want  flexibility in how to implement reporting provisions for QPP, part of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).
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