Quality Programs and Initiatives

Providing quality health care in the changing pay-for-performance environment.

Providing quality health care to patients is a top priority for physicians and HCMS is here to help. 

Below are various programs and initiatives that focus on improving clinical outcomes and delivering patient-centered care.

MACRA and Medicare's Quality Payment Program
CMS has implemented several critical provisions of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) by creating the Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP). The QPP is the umbrella reporting program for two separate participation pathways:

*HCMS has created a MIPS Guide which includes information on how each category is scored, along with step-by-step details on how to report each MIPS category for the performance year.

Social Determinants of Health
Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) are conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age that affect health outcomes. SDOHs, such as employment, housing, access to healthy foods, zip code, and family support, present challenges for patients to stay compliant and improve their health. Practices screening for SDOH and connecting patients with resources and referrals can help ensure patients receive the best care. This page provides information and tools to understand and address social determinants.

Medical Cultural Awareness

The ability to effectively and clearly communicate with patients can dramatically improve clinical outcomes. Clear communication encompasses a knowledge of the spoken language as well as medical cultural awareness. In the Houston-Harris County area, more than 90 languages are spoken. A recent report from the Rice University Kinder Institute for Urban Research indicates Houston has become the most racially and ethnically diverse metropolitan area in the nation.