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Academy Leader Selected to Serve on CMS Clinical Subcommittee


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Academy Leader Selected to Serve on CMS Clinical Subcommittee

The Academy is pleased to announce that Tracy Murphy, AuD, a member of the Academy’s Board of Directors, has been selected by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and their contracted partner Acumen, to participate in a Clinical Subcommittee that provides input on the development of episode-based cost measures for potential use in the Quality Payment Program. Dr. Murphy will participate in the Neuropsychiatric Disease Management Clinical Subcommittee and bring the audiology perspective to the development of cost measures in this clinical area.

In early April, CMS sought nominees for seven Clinical Subcommittees focused on procedural and acute inpatient medical condition episode groups. The objective of the Clinical Subcommittees is to refine episode triggers from the draft list of episode groups and trigger codes posted by CMS in December 2016 and recommend what services should be included in episode costs. Though audiologists will not be eligible to participate in CMS’ Quality Payment Program until 2019 at the earliest, the Academy believes it is critical that audiologists have a voice in the implementation of this program and the creation of related measures.

Dr. Murphy has been actively involved in quality reporting and measure development/maintenance since 2010. She has experience working on quality measure development and maintenance having participated on a Technical Expert Panel (TEP), through Quality Insights of Pennsylvania, for PQRS Measure #134, Preventative Care and Screening: Screening for Clinical Depression and PQRS Measure #130, Documentation of Medications in Medical Record. The Academy appreciates Dr. Murphy’s involvement in the Neuropsychiatric Disease Management Clinical Subcommittee and looks forward to having the opportunity to shape Medicare policy in the development of episode-based cost measures.

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