Dr. Jacob Reider, deputy national coordinator and chief medical officer for the ONC, told attendees at the Physician-Computer Connection Symposium this week that the ONC is looking to change how it uses clinical quality measures as meaningful-use criteria. While the ONC’s approach in the past has been to evaluate providers against a fixed list of requirements – for instance, a checklist of 816 items used for the meaningful use program – it is seeking a more ‘outside the box’ method for the future. One option being considered is to inquire of providers what quality measurement programs they may already have in place independent of federal requirements and to give them credit for these. Reider said the ONC hopes to improve the measurements it uses to monitor clinical quality nationwide by incorporating ideas developed by individual providers. Reider noted that the agency is ultimately looking to change the focus of the discussion from simply improving EHR quality to improving quality of care.
See Modern Healthcare articles at “ONC looks to new, more flexible approach on EHR quality improvement” and “Feds to weight value in more flexible approach to quality measures”