As health care transitions away from traditional
fee-for-service, physicians in practice today face rigorous reporting
requirements from a number of quality improvement incentive programs. Between
initiatives like Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), Meaningful Use
(MU), the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) and others,
physicians must monitor and report several hundred performance measures to
multiple sources with little to no alignment nor intersection.
The burden of complying with several hundred performance
measures is compounded by the volume and variety of health information
technology (HIT) vendors in the market. The lack of interoperability and
standardization across vendor platforms adds significantly to the costs and
effort needed to share quality data. As the health care industry moves toward
electronic automation, this is a problem faced by physician practices,
physician organizations and health plans alike.