December 08, 2017
As required by statute, on November 30, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a list of quality measures that are under consideration for Medicare quality reporting and value-based purchasing programs. Of the 32 measures on the list, 22 are being considered for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). The release of this list is part of a pre-rulemaking process which includes a public review process where CMS collects stakeholder input. If a measure is not included in the current rule-making process, CMS may propose and adopt them in subsequent rulemaking cycles.
The 32 measures were pared down from a list of 184 measures submitted by stakeholders during a recent open call for measures. Approximately 40 percent of the measures are outcome measures. In developing this list, CMS indicated that they were balancing a number of priorities including focusing on the most critical, highly impactful areas for improvement while reducing the burden of quality reporting on all providers so they can spend more time with their patients.
As part of the public review process, CMS partners with NQF, which convenes the Measure Applications Partnership (MAP) to facilitate input from a wide-range of stakeholders.
A CMS blog posting and more information on the Measures Under Consideration List is available here.
More information on the MAP process is available here.