2018 Annual Provider Dinner,
Keynote Speaker Dr. Barbara McAneny, President Elect of the American Medical Association
In a rapidly changing healthcare environment, the American
Medical Association President elect, Dr. Barbara McAneny, offered insights and shared some of the goals of the AMA. The  American Medical Association aims to support the efforts of providers while improving outcomes for the patients they treat. Dr. McAneny, a practicing oncologist, has worked tirelessly to bring comprehensive healthcare to some of the most rural parts of New Mexico and is a nationally sought after speaker on innovative practice design and unraveling the complex health care delivery system. Among some of the goals is to determine CPT codes identifying social determinates of health, which is a challenge for providers and patients everywhere but is often compounded in rural and frontier communities. This was an event not to be missed. If you would like some highlight slides from the presentation sent electronically, please contact the GMIPA office.

Alignment and Simplification of Quality Measures
CMS and America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) released seven sets of clinical quality measures. These measures support multi-payer alignment, for the first time, on core measures primarily for physician quality programs. Physicians and other clinicians must currently report multiple quality measures to different entities. Measure requirements are often not aligned among payers, which has resulted in confusion and complexity for reporting providers. To address this problem, CMS, commercial plans, Medicare and Medicaid managed care plans, physicians and other care provider organizations worked together through to identify core sets of quality measures that payers have committed to using for reporting as soon as feasible. The core measures are: Accountable Care Organizations, Patient Centered Medical Homes, and Primary Care, Cardiology, Gastroenterology, HIV and Hepatitis C, Medical Oncology, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Orthopedics.