CMS Quality Measure Development Plan: Supporting the Transition to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Models (APMs)

December 11, 2017 - 11:19am

Dates:  The Technical Expert Panel (TEP) nomination period opens on December 7, 2017, and closes on December 20, 2017. Please submit all nomination materials by 11:59 PM ET on the closing date.

CMS has contracted with Health Services Advisory Group, Inc. (HSAG) to develop and update the CMS Quality Measure Development Plan: Supporting the Transition to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Models (APMs). CMS initiated this project under the contract titled Impact Assessment of CMS Quality and Efficiency Measures. The CMS Quality Measure Development Plan (MDP) is mandated by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) and serves as a strategic framework for clinician quality measure development to support MIPS and advanced APMs, known collectively as the Quality Payment Program. To meet the requirements of the statute, CMS posted the draft MDP on December 18, 2015, and opened a public comment period through March 1, 2016. The revised MDP incorporates key themes and specific recommendations identified during review of the public comments. The plan was posted on the CMS.gov website in May 2016, to be followed by updates as appropriate. An annual report chronicling the progress made in advancing quality measures for the Quality Payment Program is required to be posted on the CMS website. The first MDP Annual Report was posted in June 2017. HSAG is convening groups of stakeholders and experts to contribute direction and thoughtful input on the annual progress report and updates of the MDP required under MACRA. The TEP convened in 2018 will continue the essential work to support the MDP in guiding and prioritizing measure development for a payment program that promotes measurable improvement in health outcomes, relieves clinicians’ reporting burden, and includes measures that are meaningful to patients and clinicians.

Last Updated: December 11, 2017