ICYMI: CMS Finalizes Its Quality Measure Development Plan

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CMS Finalizes Its Quality Measure Development Plan
CMS Blog (05/02/16) Goodrich, Kate

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has finalized its Quality Measure Development Plan, designed to foster improvements in the U.S. health care system. The directive aims to identify known measurement and performance gaps, then prioritize strategies to narrow those gaps. Specifically, it calls for quality measures in clinical care, safety, care coordination, patient and caregiver experience, population health and prevention, and affordable care. The plan also encompasses CMS actions to promote and improve alignment of measures; and it encourages partnerships with frontline clinicians, professional societies, patients and caregivers. Increased focus and coordination with federal agencies and other stakeholders, meanwhile, will help reduce duplication of effort and promote person-centered health care. The Quality Measure Development Plan will provide the foundation for a future measure portfolio to support quality payment programs under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), which offers an opportunity to further tip the Medicare program and the national health care system toward paying for value rather than volume.

Read the full article on the CMS page

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