Study: Only One-Quarter of Clinicians Comfortable With Value-Based Payment Program

Medical Marketing & Media (02/12/18) Evans, Lauren

A survey by Haymarket Medical Education reveals that most clinicians are unprepared to meet the statutory requirements of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) created by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act. Conducted in January 2018, the nationwide survey found that only about a quarter of the primary care and specialty physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners polled were comfortable with the transition to QPP. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently designated continuing medical education (CME) an "improvement activity," allowing physicians who complete programs from accredited education providers and who substantiate their performance improvement in this area to count those credits toward their state requirements. According to the survey, 72 percent of respondents said they are uncomfortable with QPP, while 76 percent said their staff does not understand it. However, the survey also found that two-thirds of respondents were either "very interested" or "somewhat interested" in CME activities that will help them with the new QPP measures. Matthew Holland, GM of Haymarket Medical Education and myCME, says to ensure CME is being used to its full potential, education should be delivered in formats that meet the demands of clinicians' schedules, such as via short video programs and specialty-specific, mobile-only activities. "We're really trying to figure out how we can develop meaningful content and programs in a way that makes it consumable, given all the other competing priorities that clinicians are dealing with," he says.

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