May 07, 2018
JIRA is now open to collect candidate measures for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) 2018 Measures under Consideration (MUC) List. Each year the JIRA Issues Tracking System is open to receive candidate measures from measure developers/ stewards. JIRA closes on a prescribed date to allow the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) time to review and make their selection of measures to place on the MUC List.
New candidate measures for most CMS programs will be accepted until June 15, 2018 but June 1, 2018, is the deadline to submit quality measures for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).
As part of the pre-rulemaking process, HHS is required to convene multi-stakeholder groups to provide consensus-based input for the annual MUC List. The Measure Applications Process (MAP) is a multi-stakeholder partnership that provides recommendations to HHS on the selection of quality and efficiency measures for CMS programs. After receiving the annual MUC List, the MAP workgroups and Coordinating Committee convene to fulfill their statutory requirement of providing input to HHS on Measures under Consideration for use in Medicare programs. HHS takes MAP’s analysis and advice into account, but HHS alone makes the final decisions about measure selection and implementation in public programs.
More information on the pre-rulemaking process for measure development is available here.