December 04, 2018
On December 30, 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Measures Under Consideration (MUC) list for 2018. The pre-rulemaking process requires that the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) make publicly available, not later than December 1 annually, a list of quality and efficiency measures HHS is considering adopting through the federal rulemaking process for use in certain Medicare quality programs.
Of the 39 measures on the current list, 21 are for consideration under the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). CMS said it chose the 39 measures based on its Meaningful Measures framework. The measures had “to fill a quality and efficiency measurement need and were assessed for alignment across CMS programs when applicable.”
Cost Measures under Consideration
Quality Measures under Consideration
With the release of the MUC list, the National Quality Forum (NQF) begins its yearly review of performance measures through the NQF’s Measure Applications Partnership (MAP), a coalition of over 100 healthcare stakeholders. The coalition will submit its recommendations to HHS by February 1, 2019, and publish its reports in February and March 2019. HHS will consider input from stakeholders in proposing measures for the 2020 rulemaking cycle for MIPS and the Quality Payment Program.
More information on the pre-rulemaking process for measure selection is available here.