CMS to Fund Outside Measure Developers for Quality Payment Program

Healthcare Informatics (03/07/18) Raths, David

In an effort to further develop and expand quality measures for use in the Quality Payment Program (QPP), the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) intends to offer up to $30 million in grant funding over three years. CMS wants to partner with clinical specialty societies, health systems, educational institutions, independent research organizations, and other stakeholders to improve and update quality measures for the QPP. The cooperative agreements will allow CMS to address such issues as critical measure gaps, quality measure alignment, and efficient data collection to minimize provider burden. The agreements prioritize the development of outcome measures, including patient-reported outcome and functional status measures. The priority measures developed will be aligned with the CMS Quality Measure Development Plan, which provides a strategy for filling clinician and specialty area measure gaps.

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