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August 21, 2017
C-P Alliance Comments on the Quality Payment Program CY 2018 Proposed Rule
17 organizations sign on to C-P Alliance's comment letter, expressing significant concerns that the second year transition policies overemphasize clinician flexibility at the cost of performance information for consumers and other stakeholders. To read our specific comments, please visit the Comments/Letters page.

July 11, 2017
C-P Alliance Co-Hosts Educational Webinar on Next Year's Quality Payment Program
The Consumer-Purchaser Alliance, Coalition for Better Care, and the Consumer Partnership for eHealth co-hosted an educational webinar on the Quality Payment Program CY 2018 proposed rule. Please visit our Forums page to access the webinar recording and slides. 

June 13, 2017
C-P Alliance Comments on the Hospital (IPPS) Proposed Rule FY 2018
20 organizations sign on to Consumer-Purchaser Alliance's comments on CMS's proposed rule for hospital programs, cautioning against making any changes to these programs to reduce burden without considering the trade-offs in availability of information. We also provide comments on the approach to and appropriateness of risk-adjustment for social risk factors. To read our specific comments, please visit the Comments/Letters page

April 19, 2017
C-P Alliance Comments on the Comprehensive Joint Repalcement (CJR) and Episode Payment Model (EPM) Interim Final Rule
C-P Alliance expressed concern that broader delays of the CJR and EPM programs would impeded momentum for moving from volume- to value-based payment. In our letter, we encourage CMS to use the delay to strengthen the designs of the programs and offer specific recommendations. 
 

Debra Ness and Bill Kramer co-Author a Huffington Post Article on the Foundational Importance of Health Care Quality Measurement
In this Huffington Post article, C-P Alliance's co-chairs emphasize the importance of the National Quality Forum (NQF) as a multi-stakeholder forum for generating consensus on the best ways to measure quality and improve care. 

C-P Alliance's Quality Payment Program Comment Letter Quoted in Bloomberg BNA
A Bloomberg BNA article on provider groups' resistance to adding patient reviews to Physician Compare cited C-P Alliance's comment letter on the Quality Payment Program as a counter perspective, supporting the use of open-ended questions to assess patient experience of care and urging CMS to incorporate open-ended questions into MIPS as soon as possible. 

AHIP-CMS Core Quality Measures Collaborative Unveils 7 Core Quality Measure Sets for Widespread Use
C-P Alliance co-chair organizations, Pacific Business Group on Health and National Partnership for Women and Families, applaud the Core Quality Measures Collaborative for its productive work to align quality measurement across public and private payers. This collaborative can serve as a model for future efforts to achieve multi-stakeholder consensus around measure sets. Read the press releases from PBGH and NPWF here and here.  

CJRR Case Study Cites C-P Alliance's Action Brief on the Role of Patient Reported Outcome Measures in Value-Based Purchasing
A new article on lessons learned from the California Joint Replacement Registry’s five-year effort to collect PROs supports the C-P Alliance argument that PROs are a critical component of high value care. 

Read our Action Brief on PROs here.    

C-P Alliance Honored by Inaugural Living the Vision Award
We are proud to have been recognized by The Leapfrog Group for our commitment to transparency and our work to ensure consumers and purchasers are represented and heard at the national level.

You can read more about the Living the Vision award here