Health Policy Commission Releases Preliminary CMIR Report


In late July, the Health Policy Commission (HPC) voted to issue their Preliminary Report on the CMIRs of  Beth Israel Deaconess Care Organization (BIDCO) and MetroWest Medical Center and BIDO and New England Baptist Hospital. The HPC engaged FHC to evaluate the impact to consumer healthcare quality of contracting affiliations between BIDCO and MetroWest Medical Center, as well as BIDCO and New England Baptist Hospital. The FHC team analyzed data on provider process measures, outcome measures, and patient experience. These data were drawn from a variety of popularly recognized national quality metrics, ranging from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) measures, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) metrics, and the National Committee of Quality Assurance (NCQA) metrics, amongst others. The analysis provided by the FHC team considers the impact to quality on previous affiliations of the involved parties, the current state of quality of the involved parties, and alternatives to the proposed affiliation.

The parties will have until August 19th to review and comment on the Preliminary Report. Once the comments have been submitted, the HPC will review all relevant arguments and collaborate with FHC to determine how the existing analyses address their arguments or if there is an outstanding need for additional analyses. The HPC expects the final report to be published in early September.

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