Cardona Selected for TEP Panel

Dr. Cardona Selected for TEP Panel

Diana M. Cardona, MD, FCAP, was selected to serve on the CMS Quality Measure Development Plan (MDP) Technical Expert Panel (TEP), an advisory committee charged with providing input on future clinician quality development under the Quality Payment Program (QPP). In nominating Dr. Cardona, the CAP said it believes her representation on the TEP will be essential to ensuring that pathologists, as non-patient-facing eligible clinicians, are accounted for in the MDP and are able to successfully participate in the QPP.

"As chair of the CAP Measures and Performance Assessment Subcommittee, Dr. Cardona possesses the relevant knowledge and proficiency in the landscape of current measures, measurement gaps and measure development priorities for the CMS QPP," the CAP nominating letter stated, adding that she was instrumental in the CAP development of comments on the draft MDP and has been participating in measure development of pathology measures for the past several years. Dr. Cardona has presented extensively on quality measurement programs, such as the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and the MACRA. In addition, she is knowledgeable on the priorities and principles described in the National Quality Strategy (NQS), CMS Quality Strategy, CMS Guiding Principles for Measures Development, and the National Quality Forum (NQF) measure evaluation criteria. The first meeting of the TEP will be held on November 17, 2016.