The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has issued a request for information on how physicians can use data reported to specialty societies and boards, and regional health quality organizations, to also comply with federal reporting programs.

CMS is looking to ease use of clinical quality measures reported for other programs to also be used to report under the Physician Quality Reporting System and the electronic health records meaningful use program. The agency further seeks comment on section 601(b) of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the fiscal cliff law passed in late December) that deems an eligible professional as satisfactorily reporting data on quality measures if participating in a qualified clinical data registry (see related story here).

“We are requesting information from medical specialty societies, boards and registries; other third party registry vendors, eligible professionals using registries to report quality measures, and any other party interested in providing information on this request for information,” according to CMS. The RFI is available here and being published on February 7.

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