CMS Awards Funding for Quality Measure Development

September 25, 2018


On September 21, 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the selection of seven applicants to receive cooperative agreement awards through the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) Funding Opportunity: Measure Development for the Quality Payment Program (QPP). The cooperative agreements give financial and limited technical support to develop, improve, update or expand measures for use in the QPP.

The following organizations were selected:

  • The Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Inc. (Orthopedic Surgery)
  • American Society for Clinical Pathology (Pathology)
  • The Regents of the University of California, San Francisco (Radiology)
  • American Psychiatric Association (Mental Health and Substance Use)
  • Pacific Business Group on Health (Oncology)
  • American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Inc. (Palliative Care)

CMS will award up to $30,000,000 for three years in funding for cooperative agreements under this funding opportunity. The goal of these awards is to engage with experts in the development of measures (such as specialty-specific outcome measures) for use in the QPP.

More information about the awardees and the measure(s) they are developing along with a FAQ document on the funding opportunity is available here.


For more information visit the McDermottPlus Payment Innovation Resource Center or contact Sheila Madhani at 202-204-1459,

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